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The Advice of Carraway's Father

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message 1: by Myke (last edited Feb 13, 2009 09:21PM) (new)

Myke (SarahPalin) | 7 comments I've been thinking about this lately, and I have finally decided to post my question and thoughts.

The book begins,

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgments

I interpret the advice to mean "don't judge men based on your sense of morality, because, often, men will not rise to it."
I could be way off.

How do you interpret the advice, and what are your thoughts about it?

message 2: by Josh (new)

Josh | 8 comments More or less, I believe he is saying that Nick shouldn't judge people because his standards are based on his life and what he has, so it is unfair to compare to people who have less.

Simply a guess. Perhaps I will fine tune it later.

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