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    a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Most of the confidences were unsought-frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
    Source: The Great Gatsby http://www.publicbookshelf.com/ficti...ger-vulnerable

    Hello friends,
    I know the meanings of each word written in the blue part but I can't understand it as a whole.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Source: The Great Gatsby http://www.publicbookshelf.com/ficti...ger-vulnerable

    Hello friends,
    I know the meanings of each word written in the blue part but I can't understand it as a whole.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?

    Thanks so much.
    "Sense of fundamental decencies" refers to respectable behavior. "Parceled/parcelled out unequally at birth" refers to that behavior not existing equally in everyone.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Source: The Great Gatsby http://www.publicbookshelf.com/ficti...ger-vulnerable

    Hello friends,
    I know the meanings of each word written in the blue part but I can't understand it as a whole.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?

    Thanks so much.
    Let me ask you a question. This is a very heavy piece of literature, and you seem to have trouble with it. Why don't you read something more modern and easier to understand?

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Source: The Great Gatsby http://www.publicbookshelf.com/ficti...ger-vulnerable

    Hello friends,
    I know the meanings of each word written in the blue part but I can't understand it as a whole.
    Would you please be kind enough to clarify the blue part to me?

    Thanks so much.
    a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Let's substitute basic for fundamental. Decencies refers to being kind, nice, and, generally, treating people in a good manner. Here, the author is saying that these basic decencies are not given to everyone at birth. Unequally means that something is not equal. This is similar to saying that blond hair is parceled out unequally at birth - there are only so many babies born with blond hair, other babies have black, red, or brown hair. In short then, the author is saying that not all people are born with a sense of being basically nice.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Here's what you need, sb70012, ::Persian Bookshop (IraniBook.com):: - Great Gatsby ,if you can afford the cost, 28 dollars.
    Last edited by probus; 02-Nov-2013 at 03:43.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Let me ask you a question. This is a very heavy piece of literature, and you seem to have trouble with it. Why don't you read something more modern and easier to understand?
    Thanks for answering. I have to read it because it's suggested to us by our university. I myself hate the book but we students are forced to read it because it's suggested by the university. After some days I will also give a lecture about the plot of the story.
    I wish the teachers would suggest us another book.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Here's what you need, sb70012, ::Persian Bookshop (IraniBook.com):: - Great Gatsby ,if you can afford the cost, 28 dollars.
    You did me a great favor. I downloaded it.
    The link was very helpful. It will solve most of my problems.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering. I have to read it because it's suggested to us by our university. I myself hate the book but we students are forced to read it because it's suggested by the university. After some days I will also give a lecture about the plot of the story.
    I wish the teachers would suggest us another book.
    OK. That explains your choice. I have no idea why your university made that choice. I noticed that you were also reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology. That is one of my favorite books.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    OK. That explains your choice. I have no idea why your university made that choice. I noticed that you were also reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology. That is one of my favorite books.
    The Great Gatsby was a set book in English for my 17/18 year old students doing the Baccalaureat in France in 2009/2010.

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    Re: a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The Great Gatsby was a set book in English for my 17/18 year old students doing the Baccalaureat in France in 2009/2010.
    Was this for ESL students?

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