Were you a friend of my boy’s, Mr.—?”

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

Meaning

Nick wasn’t exactly sure how he felt about Gatsby when he was alive. He wanted to like Gatsby because of his strong optimism and good motives, but he took part in so much lying and deception that sometimes Nick wasn’t sure if they could be friends. But when Nick looks back at his time with Gatsby as a whole, he realizes that he meant a lot to him. This is another example of Nick trying to strengthen his bond with Gatsby after his death.

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