Does the reference to 'a pair of "stage" twins' in chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby mean twin stage actresses, stage actresses who are twins, or to young women who play the parts of twins in plays?
Michael Otis | Certified Educator
The reference in Chapter 3 of the novel to "a pair of stage 'twins'" takes place in the context of one of Gatsby's Saturday night dinner parties, narrated in breathtaking detail by Nick Carraway. Most likely it refers to young women who play the part of twins in plays. Otherwise, why would Fitzgerald enclose the word twins in quotation marks. He clearly indicates that these are actresses who are typecast as twins. This pair, which can be called upon at a moment's notice to play a part, make perfectly clear the nature of Gatsby's banquet: It is akin to a theatrical production, with a cast of thousands (most of whom do not know Gatsby), designed to both reveal and conceal the mystery of the unseen host.