It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that.
This quote clarifies that old or new money isn’t determined by the age of the person. It is determined by how long the family has been wealthy. Tom and Gatsby are similar in age, but Tom is considered old money because of his family heritage
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