What does Nick mean by saying"..there was no difference between men... so profound as the difference between the sick and the well"?

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This quote shows up in Chapter 7.  It is quite clear from the context that it is a metaphorical quote.  He is not really talking about being physically sick.

The context here is that Tom has just found out that Daisy seems to love Gatsby more than she loves...

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This quote shows up in Chapter 7.  It is quite clear from the context that it is a metaphorical quote.  He is not really talking about being physically sick.

The context here is that Tom has just found out that Daisy seems to love Gatsby more than she loves him.  George has just found out that Myrtle is having an affair.  So, metaphorically, they are sick.  They are both not feeling well in an emotional sense.

Nick says that the major difference in the world is between the well (people who are emotionally and physically whole) and the sick (in this case, people who are emotionally ill).

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