However, that was my fault, for he was one of those who used to sneer most bitterly at Gatsby on the courage of Gatsby’s liquor, and I should have known better than to call him.
Nick blames himself for having to endure what these fools had to say, since many of them had only enough bravery to twist their face up at Gatsby. And that bit of liquid courage came only AFTER they got nice off the liquor Gatsby provided! All this further underscores the fact that Gatsby’s money bought him shitty “friends”…except Nick.
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