“I thought you inherited your money.”
Nick seems surprised when Gatsby claims to have earned the money to buy his house because Gatsby stated in Chapter 4,
My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.
This new information about the origins of Gatsby’s fortune makes the man even more puzzling to the narrator because he cannot decide whether Gatsby belongs in the aristocratic class. Gatsby seems to have gotten his story wrong, but he quickly recovers.
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