But now he'd left Chicago and come east in a fashion that rather took your breath away

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


Tom had to establish his authority when he found out he was moving to a new neighborhood. So to make it clear to the surrounding houses that he was from old money, he pulled a stunt like this to silence any doubts. Actually pretty similar to what Gatsby is doing with his extravagant house.

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