The none too savory ramifications by which Ella Kaye, the newspaper woman, played Madame de Maintenon to his weakness and sent him to sea in a yacht,

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

Meaning

Fitzgerald makes a reference to Madame de Maintenon here in accordance to Ella Kaye. Maintenon was a secret second wife to King Louis XIV of France. She had three husbands and for a good portion of her life she lived off the money from her second husband. The King gave more money to Maintenon as he became uninterested in his wife and his secret other affair who happened to be friends with Maintenon. In this reference, Kaye is using Cody for his money and simply “sent him to sea” so she could bask in his wealth.

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