Most of those reports were a nightmare—grotesque, circumstantial, eager, and untrue.
Much as when he was alive, Gatsby’s legacy is based on rumors and speculation. People are still eager to gossip about and criticize him even after he’s gone. Nick’s story can in some ways be seen as an attempt to set the record straight about the man he knew.
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