Use of Ellipsis in “The Great Gatsby”


What these dots refer to? Why author has used them?
 It was-simply amazing,’ she repeated abstractedly. ‘But I swore I wouldn’t tell it and here I am tantalizing you.’ She yawned gracefully in my face. ‘Please come and see me . . . Phone book . . . Under the name of Mrs. Sigourney Howard . . . My aunt . . .’ She was hurrying off as she talked-her brown hand waved a jaunty salute as she melted into her party at the door.
(From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”)


These dots refer to a literary device, ellipsis, in which writers skip over unnecessary part of the narrative, words, lines or events, allowing readers to cover the gaps with their own imaginations. It appears at the end of a line or sentence, followed by a period. Here you can notice how author has omitted the final words from the lines and cut many sentences short. Also, note that in past, asterisk and dashes were used to indicate ellipsis. So, in literature you may find texts using dashes and asterisk to indicate missing text.