The Great Gatsby

The "retribution" referred to in the paragraph would be retribution for...

"I'll tell you God's truth." His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. "I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west--all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition."

The "retribution" referred to in this paragraph would be retribution for?

A) embarrasing Nick with his question

B) interrupting Nick

C) the "bizarre accusations" regarding Gatsby

D) being untruthful

E) Nick's "wrong idea" about Gatsby

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C) the "bizarre accusations" regarding Gatsby

Gatsby raises his hand in a gesture that invites "divine retribution" just after he declares he will tell "God's truth" and before he offers an explanation to Nick about his family background. Thus, the gesture is one which could be interpreted to mean, "May I face divine retribution if I do not tell the truth.