By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me.

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


Here Tom associates Daisy with the new liberated women of the 1920s, often referred to as flappers.

Ironically, while Tom is uncomfortable with his own wife traveling and socializing independently, he doesn’t seem to apply the same standards to his mistress, Myrtle, who is outside of his social circle. This is a prime example of Tom’s hypocrisy; he puts on a front, like the rest of the wealthy characters, by making all the right noises about “family institutions”, when in his private life he is completely against them.

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