In The Great Gatsby, what sorts of people attend Gatsby's parties? What do you  notice about their names?

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The people who attend Gatsby 's parties seem fairly shallow: they are interested in having a good time at someone else's expense, without ever having to reciprocate the hospitality of which they so eagerly take advantage, and they don't even seem to care about knowing (or so much as recognizing) their host. They gossip about Gatsby, speculating that "He's a bootlegger" and that "he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil." The folks from East Egg are snobs "who always gathered in a corner and flipped up their noses like goats at whosoever came near." Even while party guests judge Gatsby for being a so-called bootlegger, they imbibe ridiculous amounts of alcohol; in fact, one man got "so drunk out on the gravel drive that . . . [an] automobile ran over his right hand," while others simply wreck their own cars. While at Gatsby's house, enjoying Gatsby's booze, his guests "conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior...

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