go over it slowly

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benjaminbosquier

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français - France
How do you understand "go over it slowly" in the following passage from Gatsby?

He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was....

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  • quillerbee

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    Canadian English
    It means "go over" something in your head, reviewing all the details from beginning to end, like watching a movie again. If you do this, you may discover something that you had not noticed before.
     

    quillerbee

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    Canadian English
    well, only in the way that if you do something slowly, you are probably also doing it carefully.

    Here, he needs to think about the sequence of events, and do it slowly, so that he has time to think about each detail and find the answer that he is looking for.
     
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