I wondered if the fact that he was not drinking helped to set him off from his guests, for it seemed to me that he grew more correct as the fraternal hilarity increased.
Chapter three in many ways serves as a catalog of reasons why Gatsby is considered “Great.” One of those reasons is that not drinking keeps him classy, charming, and attractive as his guests stumble into increasingly shameful drunkenness.
Not drinking also keeps him attentive and alert. And he needs to be alert if he is going to spot Daisy Buchanan, whom he hopes will appear at one of his parties.
Don’t be fooled by ol' Leo holding a drink as Gatsby: Jay Gatsby does not drink at his own parties.
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