"You can't live forever"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Liao Wendi, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Liao Wendi Junior Member

    Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese
    Hello,

    I've come across a sentence (in the 2nd chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby) which remains very confusing to me. Could anyone explain for me the underlined part in the following quote? (e.g. why does Mytle say that in her mind when she first meets Tom?) Thanks in advance!

     
  2. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    It's been so long since I read "The Great Gatsby" that I've forgotten the story (which would probably help in answering your question!). I will say, though, that what it means to me is that she is telling herself to seize the moment. If she hesitates or falters at this opportunity, she may well live to regret it. In other words, life isn't forever and if you don't seize the moment, it might be your last chance.
     
  3. cropje_jnr

    cropje_jnr Senior Member

    Wollongong, Australia
    English - Australia
    Often we say something along the lines of "you don't live forever" in order to advocate the virtues of seizing the moment and not letting opportunities slip. I suspect it may have something to do with this idea...
     
  4. Liao Wendi Junior Member

    Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese
    Thank you two a lot !!
     

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