He looked wildly

benjaminbosquier

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français - France
How do you understand "wildly" in the following passage from Chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

“I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”
“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
“I’m going to fix everything just the way it was before,” he said, nodding determinedly.

Does "wildly" indicates his efforts to convince himself and ward off any challenges ? Does it mean furious, haggard, mad or uncontrolled or something else?

Thank you.
 
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