"Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler(Fitzgerald 73).
"Oh I've been in several things...I was in the drug buisness and then I was in the oil buisness"(Fitzgerald 90).
"He and this Wolsheim brought up a lot of side-street drug stores here in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over the counter. I picked him for a bootlegger...."(Fitzgerald 133).
"I won't stand this!"
At this part in the novel, the readers meet Meyer Wolsheim, a man who is very closely related to Gatsby in many ways but it is significantly older. He and Gatsby have obviously been in some trouble together. They both have stained egos and are a corrupting the American dream one piece of information at a time.
This quote represents the theme corruption of the American dream because Gatsby begins to explain his past jobs and what lead him to "success" in his mind. He is slowly chipping away at his distorted image that he has created for himself.
At this part, Tom is spilling the truth about what he thinks Gatsby is about. Later, we see that he wasn't too far off. Gatsby has taken the shortcut to success and it is clearly shown throught the web of lies that he portrays.
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