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The Great Gatsby, the poor son-of-a-bitch


eric c #312325
Apr 28, 2013 4:43 PM

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The Great Gatsby, the poor son-of-a-bitch

I'"d like to know if the phrase "son-of-a-bitch", uttered by Owl-eyes after Gatsby's funeral has its usual meaning or if it has a softer sense?

We straggled down quickly through the rain to the cars. Owl-eyes spoke to me by the gate.
"I couldn't get to the house," he remarked.
"Neither could anybody else."
"Go on!" He started. "Why, my God! they used to go there by the hundreds."
He took off his glasses and wiped them again outside and in.
"The poor son-of-a-bitch," he said.

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Apr 28, 2013 4:49 PM

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Best Answer: Yes, it has a softer context to it. Owl Eyes was one of the only people who showed up to Gatsby's funeral. He at least felt a little sorry for him.

eric c #312325
Apr 28, 2013 4:54 PM

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In this case, what would be the equivalent or synonymous of "son-o-a-bitch" in this context?

Apr 28, 2013 4:59 PM

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Something like "the poor bastard."

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