What is strange about the way Myrtle Wilson talks about the servants? Chapter 2

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In referring to the employees of the apartment building where Myrtle and Tom Buchanan conduct their fantasies of being happily connected to each other instead of to their legally recognized spouses, Myrtle comments that "most of these fellas will cheat you every time. All they think of is money." Later, she expresses her disgust with the room delivery service.

"I told that boy about the ice," Myrtle raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders. "These people! You have to keep after them all the time."

The irony of the comment is that Myrtle Wilson spends most of her time thinking about money - specifically how much of it Tom has and how she would like to spend it. In her marriage to George Wilson, she has very little money or any of the luxuries it can make possible; she is one of the "lower orders" she disdains. When she is in the apartment, however, she elevates her status - at least in her own mind - to that of one with the financial resources to buy

A massage and a wave, and a collar for the dog, and one ofd those cute little ash-trays where you thouch a spring, and a wreath with a black silk bow for mother's grave that'll last all summer.


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