What is the significance of the butler's nose in The Great Gatsby? Why do Daisy and Jordan mention it to Nick? Does this relate to Gatsby in any way? If yes, how? Explain with textual evidence.

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The significance of the butler's nose is that it is because of his nose that he has his current job.  He used to be a silver polisher for a family in New York.  But it started to bother his nose until he had to give it up.

To me, this indicates that the Buchanans are not as high class as they seem to be.  Their butler used to be a lowly silver polisher.  That is a much lower job than being a butler and so it seems that the Buchanans are willing to put that kind of a low class person in a high class job.  That means they must be kind of low class themselves.

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