I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood.

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

Meaning

Once the guy asks Nick for help around the neighborhood, Nick felt as if he belonged, or felt superior to the guy who asked him.

Nicky felt lonely before, but once this guy put that responsibility on Nick to show him around, Nick felt important and as if he had some significance for a stranger to come up to him and seek for his guidance.

Nick’s feeling of superiority stems from his feeling of belonging. Being asked how to get to West Egg Village, and knowing the answer, implies he knows his way around, and that he has been there for a while. This is directly parallel to the thought ideology of “Old money.” Nick knows his way around, he can direct people, ect., he is “older” than the other person.

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