The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, invisible cloak

I'd like to know if in the following excerpt from the chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the "invisible cloak" is like a "cloak of invisibility", in so far as when Gatsby put the outfit on no one can tell anything about him:

But he knew that he was in Daisy’s house by a colossal accident. However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders. So he made the most of his time.

Thank you.

Asked by
Last updated by Aslan
Answers 3
Add Yours
Best Answer

I suppose but it's not a special power he is talking about. The meaning of "invisible cloak" sounds better within the context of the sentence.

"invisible cloak" is meant as a metaphor. When Gatsby first met Daisy,, he was poor and felt unworthy of her. Gatsby could hide behind his uniform but was scared the "cloak" would fall revealing a "penniless young man".

Ok, but could "invisible cloak" be translated by "cape of invisibility" or not?

Thank you.