Floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter III) on Rap Genius

Meaning

The image of cocktails floating appears multiple times in the description of Gatsby’s party. In reality the cocktails are being carried on trays by waiters that Gatsby has hired, however the guests at the party are ignoring the servants and only seeing the trays. They ignore the servants because the idea of someone working seems so absurd to them at a moment like this because of the indulgent atmosphere that Gatsby has created.

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