If you ever read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby you’ll notice there’s a small epigraph by a man called Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. The epigraph reads as follows:
Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry “lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!”
The quote fits so perfectly into the novel, it’s almost as if F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote it himself! But here’s the twist, he did.
The name Thomas Parke D’Invilliers is that of a character from his quasi-autobiographical first novel, This Side Of Paradise, and a pen name he sometimes used.
There is some wonderful symmetry you can find in this relating to the world of Gatsby. It boasts a close relation to the facade’s put on by F. Scott’s characters, and it preaches views that these characters instil in themselves further alluding to the echo chamber that the ultra-wealthy live in.