All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep school for me, and finally said, “Why — ye — es,” with very grave, hesitant faces

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

Meaning

Nick’s aunts and uncles weren’t eager for him to join the bond business and gave a hesitant and halfhearted yes. Perhaps they are traditional Midwesterners, slightly suspicious of the world of Wall Street (especially during the get-rich-quick 1920s).

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