As if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside

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

Meaning

All this talk about the Nordic race makes Tom feel uncomfortable about just living a normal life with Daisy for the rest of his life. He wants to start aspiring for more.

Then, right on cue, he gets a call from his mistress in New York—-another “intrusion” from outside, to match the breeze that rouses Daisy and Jordan earlier in the chapter.

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