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Nick runs into Tom Buchanan on Fifth Avenue in late October near the end of the novel and initially refuses to shake his hand. Tom tells Nick he is crazy to be upset with him. Nick takes advantage of the chance meeting to ask Tom a question:

"Tom," I inquired, "what did you say to Wilson that afternoon?"

Tom answers that Winston had a revolver in his pocket and was "crazy enough to kill me." As we recall, Tom had stopped for gas driving Gatsby's car earlier on the day Daisy ran over Myrtle. Toying with Wilson, Tom had bragged that the car was his own. Wilson had no reason to think otherwise, and he assumed therefore that Tom was the driver who ran over his wife.

Tom says to Nick that he told Wilson Gatsby was the owner of the car. Tom says defensively that it is "true" it was Gatsby's car and that Gatsby had it coming to be killed. Of course, Tom leaves out the most important truth, which was that Daisy, not Gatsby, was driving the car and killed Myrtle. Tom then bleats about hard all this was on him and that he even cried. At this point Nick observes that Tom and Daisy are careless people.

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