“Of course, of course! They’re fine!” and he added hollowly, “. . .old sport.”

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


Gatsby’s excitement, bordering panic, can be seen in these exclamations. He is feverish over meeting Daisy and is losing self-control.

This is immediately contradicted by the adverb ‘hollowly’, which suggests that for all his excitement, he actually lacks substance. This is reinforced by the ghostly ellipsis preceeding ‘old sport’, which turns the phrase into something threadbare and lacking vitality. In many ways, Gatsby is (SPOILER ALERT!!!) already dead.

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