The classic short story "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald tells of a golf caddy who overcomes his humble origins and becomes rich through a chain of laundries he owns. He meets a spoiled rich girl named Judy Jones and becomes infatuated with her. When she grows up to become a lovely woman, she has many suitors. Most of these are men who have been born into wealth, who have never known anything else and who take it for granted. Fitzgerald describes Dexter's impression of them:
He knew the sort of men they were—the men who when he first went to college had entered from the great prep schools with graceful clothes and the deep tan of healthy summers.
In other words, these men have the inherited wealth to go to expensive schools, buy nice clothes, and enjoy the leisure of lengthy vacations during the summer. Dexter considers himself to be better than them, to be "newer and stronger" because his wealth and status is not based upon the deeds of his parents. His origins are poor. His...
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