Both Uses of
The Great Gatsby
- Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.
p. 12..3 *unobtrusively = undesirably noticeable (something she would rather not see, but can't help but notice)
- She was appalled by West Egg, ...by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing.
p. 107..4obtrusive = attracting undesired attention; or imposing on othersstandard prefix: Unobtrusive is encountered more than twice as commonly as any form of obtrusive without the prefix un-. The prefix "un-" in unobtrusive means not and reverses the meaning of obtrusive. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
(unobtrusive) fitting in so as not to attract much attention or disturb