Loveshocks, Jiltings / Chapter 2 - Summary

By: Sara R.


  • Fitzgerald and Hemingway suffered through their jilting
  • Meeting: Ginevra and Scott- January 4, 1915 during a dinner dance at the Town and Country Club
  • This Side of Paradise (1920)- An autobiographical novel where Fitzgerald describes himself as the spokesman of the Jazz Age. In this novel, he displayed an uncanny knack for double vision. On the one hand, he is very involved in the story but, on the other hand, he plays the role of an observer.- Similar to an anthropologist
  • Fitzgerald did not have animal magnetism or money but good looks and intelligence -He always got the top girl-
  • Fitzgerald’s year at Princeton was a series of successes. In February 1915, he was elected secretary of the Triangle Club
  • Fitzgerald travelled from Princeton to Westover in order to see Ginevra but, these meetings were particularly rare. –He wrote long letters and mails to her.
  • As far as it seems to me, Ginevra was a person who loved herself but also showed an arrogant attitude towards men
  • In June 1915, Scott took Ginevra to many places but, he was ‘as poor as a church mouse’
  • He had academic difficulties and he talked with the Dean so that both could have an agreement related to his studies. He proposed Hemingway to come back at University the following year. – He went home sick
  • In August, 1916, Ginevra invited Scott for a second visit on her home grounds
  • January, 1917- Ginevra disappeared from Scott’s life but he met Zelda Sayre. Zelda came from an old Southern family, but she was by no means rich
  • Ginevra threw away the hundreds of letters he sent her. – EXCEPT: she decided to send him a letter before her marriage in 1918.
  • Ginevra was one of those ‘ Charming People’ that had a truly natural beauty unenhanced by rouge or mascara. She was vibrant and energetic
  • Ginevra’s divorce in 1936. Fitzgerald was really in love with Ginevra because she was his love from infancy. However, Ginevra rejected Fitzgerald and he reacted by writing a note to Ginevra insulting her – When he knew that she was going to get married
  •   The pain for losing Ginevra did not disappear and Scott wrote a lot about this matter-issue. The main topic of his writings was about the poor boy who fall in love with a rich girl. Characters who elicited the disillusionment
  • Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s similarities
  • Fitzgerald and Hemingway had experience in courtship.
  • It is said that Hemingway could have copulated in the woods with a native American girl. – Like his autobiographical character Nick Adams. Even, he visited an Italian house of Prostitution
  • The nurses wanted to exhibit him as: ‘their prize specimen of a wounded hero’
  •   Both men married women who have turned them down
  • Zelda Sayre and Ginevra had many things in common. –Zelda was petite like Ginevra. And, like Agnes, Hadley Richardson was tall, responsible and older than Ernest Hemingway- The women who married the two young writers decided to believe in them and their future
  • The surviving rejection was to loose one’s fury on the faithless jilter. Hemingway’s case, the rejection of Agnes- took him 4 years to write his frustrations on paper. In Fitzgerald’s case, the rejection of Ginevra was to take the hurt and hug it to its bossom, and do not let it expire.
  • --> The section included in this reading related to Hemingway is the same one than the book related to his Biography: Hemingway's Cats. Thus, I include the simmilarities that Fitzgerald and Hemingway had in common.