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In The Great Gatsby, why does Nick become offended and refuse Gatsby's business offer?       

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At the beginning of chapter five, Jay Gatsby intercepts Nick on his walk home late at night. Nick mentions that he spoke with Jordan Baker about arranging an invitation for Daisy to come to his house for tea. Gatsby is very grateful and appreciates that Nick went out of his way to arrange this meeting and desires to repay him for this kind gesture. However, he tactlessly attempts to offer Nick a job--Gatsby's idea of thanks for the favor of letting him attend the tea with Daisy. Gatsby makes Nick a business proposition; Nick can make a "nice bit of money" doing a rather "confidential sort of thing." Nick is offended by Gatsby's business offer and mentions, "the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered"(Fitzgerald, 89). Nick was not motivated by personal gain when he invited Daisy to tea with Gatsby: he was simply doing it as a favor for his friend. He is offended by Gatsby's response to this friendly gesture and is surprised that Gatsby would attempt to repay him for...

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