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11 Love Lessons From the Real Gatsby and His Golden Girl

Should You Take Relationship Advice from Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald?

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  • 3. Don't be afraid to play the jealousy card. It's a tactic as old as the hills—and there's a reason for it. When Zelda accidentally-on-purpose enclosed a note she'd written to another suitor in an envelope sent to Scott after he'd left for New York, she set in motion a chain of events that led to their engagement. Scott rushed back to Montgomery to confront her. Troubled by his lack of career prospects, Zelda later called off the engagement. But for Scott—competitive to the core, with a talent to match his ambition—Zelda's rejections became a powerful incentive. He sold the novel, got the girl, and memorably noted, several years later, that despite what sentimentalists believed, "jealousy is the greatest proof of and prop to love."

    4. Do put it in writing (and that doesn't mean Tweet). Some say letters have become a lost art. But romantics take note: Nothing speaks to the promise of permanence like the handwritten note. Scott flooded Zelda with letters during their courtship, and nothing meant more to her than his enthusiastic scrawl. When he sent her sheet music without a note attached, she chided him, "I wish you had scribbled on the cover what I live to hear you say." In the era of hyper-mediated reality and new media, it takes more than 140 characters to stand out. So put it in writing, put it in an envelope, and see what opens up.

11 Love Lessons From the Real Gatsby and His Golden Girl
Should You Take Relationship Advice from Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald?
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