Gatsby’s house is being turned upside down by policemen and newspaper journalists. Nick Carraway feels responsible for all further decisions taken concerning the funeral. He calls the Bucchanan’s but they have moved away for a longer period of time.
Nick is sending a butler with a note to Meyer Wolfsheim who appeared to be one of Gatsby’s closed friends but all that he gets back is a letter saying that Meyer has not time and apparently no interest to get involved into any affairs concerning the death of Jay Gatsby.
In the afternoon someone calls from Chicago and tells Nick about someone called Prake has been arrested handing some bonds over the counter what is an irrevocable prove that Gatsby was involved into criminal affairs. Jay’s father Henry C. Gatz sends a telegram saying he’s coming straight away from Minnesota and demands if the funeral can be postponed until he arrives. As Henry Gatz arrives he turns out to be a old, solemn, helpless poor man who doesn’t know anything about his sons affairs but is very proud of him and thinks that he is a man like James J. Hill who had helped build up the country.
In the night Klipsringer calls up just to get his tennis shoes send after him but Nick who feels sorry about Gatsby and can’t persuade Klipspringer to come down from Greenwich to join the funeral.
Nick is going to New York the morning of the funeral and tries to find Wolfsheim at the “Swastika Holding Company” who is telling him how he raised him into the world of wealth from nothing.
The funeral is on the cemetery and it is raining. There are only the butlers, the owl-eyed man from the library at Gatsby’s house on the second party, the minister, Gatsby’s father and Nick himself.
A few days later Nick meets up with Jordan to actually quit her but she tells him that she is engaged to another man and doesn’t give a dam about him anymore.
Nick is meeting Tom Buchanan on fifth avenue in New York and objects to shake hands with him and asks him straight ahead what he told George Wilson the night he killed Gatsby and the just tells him lies that Gatsby ran over Myrtle. He goes away in anger.
On the last day Nick goes over to Gatsby’s house for a last time and sits down at the beach for a last time finding out that
“Gatsby believed in the green light the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eludes us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther …And one fine morning- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Benedikt von Lüninck