In chapter 3, Nick discloses that he has been invited by Gatsby to one of Gatsby's legendary parties in which alcohol, food, banality, crude and polite behavior, and people ebb and flow well into the night, and most of these people neither know Gatsby nor have they been invited:
The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other’s names.
From his first impression to his last, Nick, ever the observer, records his observations of Gatsby's guests with a kind of detached superiority that characterizes his place among this group—he is, despite his current circumstances as a struggling young stockbroker, from the class that has created Tom Buchanan, Daisy, Jordan Baker , not a practitioner of "casual innuendo" and manufactured enthusiasm. Although he does not say so explicitly, his...
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