“Here’s another thing I always carry. A souvenir of Oxford days. It was taken in Trinity Quad — the man on my left is now the Earl of Dorcaster.”

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

Meaning

This quote of Gatsby’s shows how he always feels like he needs to prove his wealth because he carries proof of his education at Oxford University with him where ever he goes. It seems like he does this because he does not want anybody to doubt his wealth even for a minute, and if anybody does, he can stop that doubt right away by pulling out this proof of his time at oxford. Therefore, it is not just the proof that he went to oxford that he is carrying around, it is also proof of his wealth. the fact that he mentions the Earl of Dorcaster shows that he feels the need to prove his connections, that he knows important people in society. here is an example of what the setting of the picture looked like at Oxford University:

Interestingly enough, the Earl of Dorcaster was the first Duke of Buccleuch; Nick claims to be descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch in the first chapter. It seems like Nick and Gatsby’s attempts to appear more sophisticated overlap.

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