What is the "romantic readiness" that the narrator believes Gatsby displays?

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That quote needs some context behind it.  

"If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.… [Gatsby had] an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."

Nick Carraway is describing Gatsby early on in the story.  The above quote is a portion of Nick's description.  I suppose at first glance a reader could misinterpret "romantic readiness" to mean that Jay Gatsby is ready for some kind of romantic relationship.  That would be incorrect.  The romantic readiness is describing Gatsby's propensity for being a hopeful dreamer. At his core, Gatsby is an idealist.  He believes that if he does all the right moves, then life will sort of just fall into the correct place to most benefit him.  He has no reason to doubt this either.  He has been very successful so far in life.  I mean the guy is loaded with cash.  It makes sense that Gatsby has the same optimistic aspirations about Daisy that he did with gaining his wealth.  His romantic readiness reflects his shear optimism about the world, his chances with Daisy, his relationship with Nick, etc.  It's probably why Nick find Gatsby so fascinating.  Nick is a bit of a realistic character, and Gatsby is nothing like that.    


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