What is weird about Nick's drive into New York with Gatsby in The Great Gatsby?

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While Nick and Gatsby drive into the city, Jay tells about his past, almost as if he is trying to win Nick’s approval. Gatsby is aware of the rumors about him, and he says he doesn’t want Nick to get the wrong impression of him, saying, “I’ll tell you God’s truth.” However, Nick notices some inconsistencies in Gatsby’s story. For instance, Jay claims to have grown up in the Midwest, and when Nick asks specifically where, he replies “San Francisco.” Clearly, Gatsby is unfamiliar with a map of the United States. Also, Gatsby says he was “educated at Oxford” in such a hurried manner that Nick begins to doubt his sincerity. He also claims to have no living relatives at all, which seems odd. Although some of Jay’s story seems suspicions, he is able to produce a photograph and a medal to substantiate his claim that he served in the war. Nick decides to trust him again.

Bringing back an air of mystery, Gatsby tells Nick he is going to ask a big favor of him, but he...

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