In Chapter Nine of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, why does Jordan Baker think Nick is dishonest?—Explain: "I’m thirty,” I said. “I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it...

In Chapter Nine of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, why does Jordan Baker think Nick is dishonest?—Explain:

"I’m thirty,” I said. “I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor"

“Oh, and do you remember.”— she added ——” a conversation we had once about driving a car?”

“Why — not exactly.”

“You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn’t I? I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride.”

“I’m thirty,” I said. “I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.”

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In Chapter Nine of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker and Nick meet after Gatsby's death. Jordan speaks to Nick about their failed relationship, and uses something Nick had said as a metaphor. She reminds him that he said that a bad driver was safe until she met another bad driver. She is referring to relationships. Someone like Jordan (who must struggle with relationships) is safe until she meets someone like herself—this would appear to be Nick (at least as Jordan sees it).

“You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn’t I? I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride.”

“I’m thirty,” I said....

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