A ghostly pause. Then, very gradually, part by part, a pale, dangling individual stepped out of the wreck, pawing tentatively at the ground with a large uncertain dancing shoe.

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

Meaning

There are a lot of ghost words (pale, ghostly, apparition, adding onto the fact that he just seemed to appear out of the car and no one knew he was there except Owl Eyes) to describe this man and scene and it almost serves the purpose of contrasting the magical liveliness of Gatsby’s party with the aftermath and outcome of the guests- which is a lot more bleak and really really drunk to the point of functioning like ghosts, drifting away so carelessly that they crash not a couple feet from Gatsby’s door. It also could refer back to the moth analogy and contrasting with that. (Guests coming to Gatsby’s are moths but leave as ghosts)

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