Ch. 3 passage (I was still with Jordan Baker... Excuse me. I will rejoin you later.)
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Gatsby wanted to fit into East Egg society if only to attract Daisy to his house. His words are awkward and he clearly does not want to be at his own parties.
“Precisely at that point it vanished — and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd.”