“Certainly not for a common swindler who’d have to steal the ring he put on her finger.”

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

Meaning

Tom’s main argument in stating Gatsby is not fit to love someone like Daisy is Gatsby’s social class. Although now he has enough money to purchase any ring Daisy could dream of, Gatsby comes from humble origins and is not part of the aristocracy, who have had money under their names for various generations. To Tom, Gatsby will never actually constitute a part of the upper class because the very members of the upper class are against “common swindlers” like him gaining a respectable social status, and as far as Tom’s views on marriage between social classes and races go, it is atrocious for him to imagine a civilized lady such as Daisy wasting her time on a self-made man like Gatsby

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