Some garrulous man telling over and over what had happened, until it became less and less real even to him and he could tell it no longer

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

Meaning

This section recalls Gatsby’s oft-repeated life history, which he recited to Nick on the way to New York. Unlike the man in the street, whose tale becomes “less and less real” to him the more he tells it, Gatsby’s belief in his romantic American Dream is strengthened every time he tells people he comes from Old Money.

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