In "The Great Gatsby", what does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?
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Nick is pretty impressed with Gatsby. He never expected "The Gatsby" to be just around 30, tanned and very introverted. He thought if he met Gatsby, he'd be middle aged, very outgoing and pompous. Gatsby didn't even drink at his own parties and stayed away from the crowds. He was nothing like Nick's expectations. Because of that surprise, Nick develops a quick admiration of Gatsby. He even sets Gatsby above most people in the world.
"He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiled with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life."
At first Nick is quite impressed by his more fashionable neighbor's extravagant wealth, parties, and mysterious nature. Nick admires him greatly but is also wary of him and grows to disapprove of his actions. For instance, Nick is not fond of Gatsby's scheme to woo and win back Daisy. Yet, at the same time he does nothing to stop him and even facilitates the process by having the couple have tea in his house. By the end of the novel, Nick becomes Gatsby's only true friend.
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