The Great Gatsby

What does Gatsby reply when Nick ask him how he makes his money? Why does Nick find that significant?

Chapter 5

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Gatsby was rude, and it made Nick suspicious.

"I think he hardly knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, “That’s my affair,” before he realized that it wasn’t the appropriate reply.

“Oh, I’ve been in several things,” he corrected himself."


The Great Gatsby