There was a small picture of Gatsby, also in yachting costume, on the bureau—Gatsby with his head thrown back defiantly—taken apparently when he was about eighteen.

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

Meaning

Dan Cody was Gatsby’s first mentor and first physical representation of success. A young James Gatz worked on Cody’s yacht and protected Cody from his own alcoholism when he was just a teenager.

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