“I saw it in the Chicago newspaper,” he said. “It was all in the Chicago newspaper. I started right away.”

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

Meaning

Gatsby’s death was put in the newspapers all across the country, which makes the fact that no one else goes to the funeral even more inexcusable.

Just as Gatsby used to read a Chicago paper in hope of finding news of Daisy, so too does his father read a Chicago paper in the hope of getting word of his son. Though Fitzgerald does not explicitly state this, we might wonder whether Mr. Gatz always reads the paper to this end. It’s a gesture of true loving devotion in spite of all odds, which notably only Gatsby and his father have made (we didn’t see Daisy making any clippings of Gatsby’s many column inches…).

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