His bedroom was the simplest room of all — except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold.
Thus far in the novel, old-wealth families have made a case of letting their wealth show through their possessions, much like Gatsby has done with his parties. However, at the very core of his mansion, his own room is anything but pretentious, implying that his extravagant persona is only a front. Although this does not clarify where Gatsby’s money came from, it is a heavy hint as to where it did not come from; his room is simple because he came into his fortune relatively recently, and therefore he has already lived a considerable part of his life without many luxuries. The golden toilet set reinforces this idea because it is a rather ridiculous indulgence, suggesting that Gatsby has not yet learned how to handle all the surplus money he has made
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