And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all

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

Meaning

While listening to Gatsby’s tale, Nick is having an extreme internal struggle, sparked by Gatsby swallowing/choking on his statement that he want to Oxford. This spark of doubt turned into something much more, when Nick used, for the first time, the word sinister to describe Gatsby. Prior to this conversation only words like romantic, hope and readiness had been used to create an image of Gatsby. By adding sinister to the mix, Fitzgerald opened a door that makes the reader reevaluate just who this Jay Gatsby is. A sinister man would be capable of killing someone, or being a bootlegger verses a romantic man who will throw extravagent parties night after night.

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