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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Why is Nick annoyed that Tom assumed he would have “nothing better to do” on a Sunday afternoon in The Great Gatsby?

In The Great Gatsby, Nick is annoyed that Tom assumes he has "nothing better to do" than to go and meet Tom's mistress because it implies that Nick does not have enough of a social life to already have plans. The assumption is also "supercilious" and seems to have been made by a man who believes himself to be Nick's social superior, and this is irritating as well.

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Nick is fairly certain that Tom had a lot to drink at lunch, and Tom sees no problem in essentially forcing, strong-arming, Nick to go with him into the city. His sort of aggressive, arrogant nature is on full display here. Furthermore, Tom does not seem to recognize how inappropriate it is that he flaunts the fact that he has a mistress publicly, let alone how horribly tactless it is to want to...

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