When Michaelis’s testimony at the inquest brought to light Wilson’s suspicions of his wife I thought the whole tale would shortly be served up in racy pasquinade—
A pasquinade is something that is written to make fun of or criticize someone. Nick feared that the newspapers would jump at the chance to portray Gatsby’s murder as the result of a racy love triangle involving Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, because no one ever found out Tom was the one involved with Myrtle. So it would make a better story if Gatsby was depicted as the guy who cheated on Wilson’s husband and got shot down for it.
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