The Great Gatsby

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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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.

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

Something like "the poor bastard."