Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.

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


By combining the phrase “pale as death” with Gatsby being soaking wet, Fitzgerald again foreshadows Gatsby’s death and subsequent fall into his own swimming pool. Baz Lurmann nailed this image in the 2013 film version of the novel:

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