What is the significance of the threesome not waiting for Gatsby in Chapter 6 of The Great Gatsby?  

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In Chapter VI, Tom and two other people arrive outside Gatsby's house on horseback. They are out for a ride and later will be attending a dinner party together. 

Gatsby is nervous to have Tom at his house, at first, but overcomes his nerves eventually. Once Gatsby gets comfortable, he wants to have Tom stay longer and extend their time together. 

The man with Tom, Sloane, insists that they cannot stay, but the woman with them invites Gatsby to the dinner party. Gatsby immediately accepts. Sloane is clearly put off by the invitation. He does not want Gatsby to come to the party. Everyone but Gatsby can see this. 

When the threesome leaves without waiting for Gatsby, they are attempting to avoid an awkward dinner party where Gatsby would foul things up, as it were. Departing without him signifies their view of him. 

They have neither respect nor fear of Gatsby, but rather see him as something of a fool. 

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hardy167 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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They were from 'old money' and felt like they were superior because they had always grown up wealthy whereas Gatsby grew up poor. Gastby was 'new money.' He came about money when he got older and only because he was getting involved in illegal things. He wasn't sifisticated enough for the "truly wealthy" people.

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