“It belonged to Demaine, the oil man.”

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

Meaning

As with his polo ponies, Tom is obsessed with pedigree and status.

We might note in addition that “Demaine” is quite close to “Demain”, French for “tomorrow.” Is Fitzgerald hinting that the future of America belongs to brutish men like Tom?

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