On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold.
The words “Bewitched” and “harlequin” are the language of magic and tricks. The gaudiness of the party is enriched. “Harlequin” can even be a good representation of the whole party. The scene is as absurd and comical as it is extravagant and luxurious because the rich are totally indulging in their wealth, interacting according to “the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks” (41).
What makes the harlequin here even more ridiculous is the fact that it is cast by members of the upper class. It is a revelation to some extant, as they expose the absence of self-restraint together at Gatsby’s mansion.
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