I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon;
Nick has proven to be a somewhat unreliable narrator, and his claim that he has been drunk but twice in his life is one we shouldn’t take for granted. Also, in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, the frame story is that of Nick looking back on that summer from an asylum, which he checked into for alcoholism. This part of the book is shown in the movie, by showing him cross out “once” for “twice,” and then, in the frame story, suggesting that it was far more than that, really.
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