D I knew that first I had to get myself definitely out of that tangle back home. I
Nick has to come out of a relationship which he had prior to moving to New York. This is what he implies in the words “tangle back home”. He continues to sign his letters that he sends “once a week” to his girlfriend in the west, “Love, Nick” even though he dislikes her. Perhaps the greatest irony of this passage is that Nick describes himself, taking great pride in it as well, as “one of the few honest people that I have ever known”. Telling a girl that he loves her, when he obviously doesn’t, can’t be considered very honest either.
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