“One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil.
The rumors about Gatsby are getting more and more wild. Paul von Hindenberg is the German President at this time, so this is just mindless gossip
So, according to the rumors Gatsby is either:
-Kaiser Wilhelm’s cousin
-a German spy
-an American soldier who “killed a man"
-nephew of Von Hindenburg
-or second cousin to the devil
The “second cousin to the devil” line indicates that most people are just gossiping about Gatsby’s background for the fun of it, but there actually is very little known about him.
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