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In The Great Gatsby, how did Jordan Baker cheat?

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Jordan Baker is a professional golfer who was caught up in a cheating scandal sometime before the events of The Great Gatsby take place. At one point in her career, she was accused of moving her ball during a tournament to improve its lie. Whether or not she actually cheated is unknown, since the witnesses later retracted their accusations. However, Nick seems to suggest that she likely did cheat. In chapter 3, he describes her as:

incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage and, given this unwillingness, I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard, jaunty body.

Given this assessment, it seems well within Jordan's character to have cheated not only at golf but in many aspects of life. Even though Jordan says she hates careless people, Nick observes that she can be quite careless herself. This also suggests that she may not have covered her...

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