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In chapter 5, what does Gatsby offer Nick in return for Nick's cooperation in...

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vithugmissez | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2007 at 2:06 AM via web

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In chapter 5, what does Gatsby offer Nick in return for Nick's cooperation in inviting Daisy to his house? 

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 3, 2007 at 2:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby, aware that Nick may be in a tough financial situation, offers to "set him up in business" so that he can make some money.  He is evasive about what kind of business this might be, however.


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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | TA | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM (Answer #2)

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Gatsby offers Nick a job in his "business" or quote on quote "set him up in the business." Gatsby does this because he knows Nick is not the most wealthiest so he thinks buying his cooperation would be the best thing. However Nick some what sees through it and does not take Gatsby on the offer.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM (Answer #3)

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Gatsby wants to repay Nick for arranging the meeting with Daisy. Gatsby thinks Nick might be having some money troubles, so he offers for Nick to go into "business" with him. No one is sure what business this is, but Nick refuses the offer. Gatsby is so grateful to Nick, he wants to do something to repay him. On the day of the meeting with Daisy, it is raining pretty hard, but Gatsby sends a gardener over to Nick's, to have him cut his grass.

Gatsby has spent many years trying to improve his position in society, only so he can have a chance of getting back with Daisy. Now that the time has come for his meeting with Daisy, Gatsby feels indebted to Nick for arranging the meeting. He wants to show Nick his appreciation, but Nick doesn't want to be in business with Gatsby. 

Gatsby is not a bad person. He has just let his love of Daisy and his feelings of having to impress certain people. Money seems to be the root of all their troubles in the whole novel. Gatsby has become obsessed with having to have money. He thinks money will bring Daisy back. He thinks Nick will be thrilled to be able to make more money, however Nick seems to be the only one with the level head. 


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