To buy a pearl necklace

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

Meaning

For a mistress? Nick may be using his cynical imagination here.

Or perhaps this necklace is for Daisy? Daisy had been “bought” with a $300 pearl necklace from Tom before they were married. Or, maybe Tom is trying to make up to Daisy for his past/ongoing affairs.

Either way, this line points to how Tom continues to hide behind his immense wealth to pass his time and solve his problems.

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