East Egg condescending to West Egg

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

Meaning

Both East and West Egg were known as wealthy communities. West Egg was populated by people who had more recently obtained their wealth, as opposed to East Egg which was populated by people who have long since been wealthy. Old wealth was viewed more highly by the society.

Nick uses the word “condescending” to describe the geography of East and West Egg, but it also describes the people who live there. East Eggers condescend, or look down on, the new money residents of West Egg.

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