Really, Nick? Because this entire book seems like one big judgment. But maybe that’s okay, because he’s only judging them after the fact. Either way, it sets us up to be particularly attentive to Nick’s trustworthiness. I’m inclined to reserve all judgments
He seems to hold one standard for people like Gatsby, and another for himself. It’s fine for Tom to lie to get a girl, but not for anyone else. Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.
The funny thing about this exchange is that Gatsby doesn’t spend too much time weaving elaborate lies. Yeah, he deceives, but not in the same way that someone like Tom does. You get the sense that he doesn’t really care if anyone believes him—and that leads to speculation much wilder than anything he’s said. As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm.
nick’s arrogance I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known
Gatsby may lie a lot, but he’s not very good at it—and that, in Nick’s eyes, makes him more honest than half the fakers who come to his parties. he corrected himself
When he’s caught lying, Gatsby doesn’t care. As he sees it, everyone is engaged in some kind of deception, including Tom’s friends. But Tom has different standards—double standard “What about it?” said Gatsby politely. “I guess your friend Walter Chase wasn’t too proud to come in on it.”
Sometimes honesty isn’t the best policy. Gatsby’s dead, and Nick has to protect Daisy; he has to lie to keep her safe. Busted! Guess Nick isn’t so honest after all. Or, is this actually the more honest and moral choice? There was nothing I could say, except the one unutterable fact that it wasn’t true

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