It passed, and he began to talk excitedly to Daisy, denying everything, defending his name against accusations that had not been made

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

Meaning

Gatsby realizes that the real issue isn’t proving his worth to Tom, it is winning back Daisy, so he calms down and starts reassuring her. But Tom’s details have made it so blatantly obvious that Gatsby is a criminal and a bootlegger that he doesn’t have a chance of convincing her otherwise.

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