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In Chapter 4 of The Great Gatsby, what does Gatsby's friendship with Meyer Wolfshiem imply about his own background?

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We are given some clues that Meyer Wolfshiem is involved in the Mafia.  The most notable detail is Nick 's observation and question about his unusual cuff links.  Wolfshiem tells him that they are human molars.  Frankly, that is a disgusting thought -- so it begs the question, "What kind of person would wear human cuff links and why would that person wear them?"  The answer is someone who is a ruthless and wants...

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If I remember correctly, it implies that Gatsby has earned his money in a not so legal manner,  Wolfshiem is a shady character and Gatsby's mysterious and secret past leads Nick to think that Gatsby has a lot to hide.