In Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby, what are the various things that people think about Gatsby and his background?

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At his party in chapter three, much speculation whirls around the mysterious Mr. Gatsby. People say he was a German spy in World War I. Some say, however, that he couldn't have been in the German army because he was in the American army. Others speculate that he killed a man. One "girl" says,

"You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody’s looking at him. I’ll bet he killed a man."

She narrowed her eyes and shivered. Lucille shivered.

This is a testimony to how secretive Gatsby has been about his past and his source of wealth, while, at the same time, he throws lavish parties anyone is free to attend. It supports Nick's contention that Gatsby lives life in a romantic, larger-than-life way, making grand gestures.

It is the owl-eyed man who comes closest to understanding Gatsby when he notes that the books on his library shelf are real, but the pages are uncut, meaning he has never read them. Gatsby is a fraud on one level, but one who also veers close at times to the reality of what he...

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