Father’ adice to Nick “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (1.1-3)
critical , cynical description of rich people They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. (1. 17)
Owl Eyes looking at how intricately Gatsby faked the books This fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too – didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?” (3.49-50)
Lucille being her dress repaired for a lot of money It was gas blue with lavender beads. Two hundred and sixty-five dollars. (3.23-25)
nick’s thoughts on the rigging of the world series, and realizing that wolfsheim is behind it [Nick thought of the rigging of the world series as ] the end of some inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people – with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe. (4.113)
Gatsby talking about Daisy’s voice “Her voice is full of money,” he said suddenly.
Tom Complaining about Gatsby sleeping with Daisy, then talking about the ludicracy of gatsby and daisy being together “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out […] Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.” (7.229)
Nick describing how Daisy and Tom were irresponsible because they were rich It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made […]. (9.136-145)

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