In chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby how did Nick learn the truth about Gatsby?

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Nick learns the truth about Gatsby because Gatsby told him so himself (although much later).  Nick says that he didn't actually learn all of this information about Gatsby at this time, chronologically, immediately after the tea that reunited Gatsby with Daisy Buchanan.  Nick says, "He told me all this very much later, but I've put it down here with the idea of exploding those first wild rumors about his antecedents, which weren't even faintly true."  In other words, it seems like a sort of natural break in the telling of this story to pause and give us this information now, especially since Nick doesn't see much of Gatsby for a few weeks, presumably because Gatsby is so busy with Daisy and Nick is so busy with Jordan Baker.  Nick also says that he wants to establish the truth of Gatsby's past rather than continue to allow us to believe that any of the strange and terrible things people said about him at parties were true.

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