I’m going to drain the pool to-day, Mr. Gatsby. Leaves’ll start falling pretty soon, and then there’s always trouble with the pipes.”

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

Meaning

Gatsby tries to defy the passage of time and cling on to the past; even as the autumn leaves are beginning to fall, he won’t let the servant clean the pool, and instead decides to go swimming as though it were still the height of summer. This becomes an especially potent symbol later on, when Wilson finds Gatsby in the pool and kills him; if Gatsby had been in the house, and not pursuing hobbies out of season, things might have gone much differently, though of course, because of Gatsby’s hamartia, this could never be the case.

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