What accomplishment of Meyer Wolfsheim's does Gatsby describe to Nick? How does Nick react?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning your question about The Great Gatsby, I don't know if "accomplishment" is the best word to use, but Gatsby tells Nick about Wolfshiem's fixing of the 1919 World Series. 

Here's Nick's reaction:

The idea staggered me.  I remembered of course that the World's Series had been fixed in 1919 but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as a thing that merely happened, the end of some inevitable chain.  It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people--with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe.  (78)

Gatsby then explains that Wolfshiem simply saw the opportunity, and took it.  When Nick asks why Wolfshiem is not in jail, Gatsby tells him that Wolfshiem is a smart man--they can't get him. 

Nick then spots Tom in the room, and the conversation ends.  Nick is staggered and, if you will, flabbergasted.  The idea that a single man could be behind something so big never occurred to him.

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