Invisible cloak


Senior Member
français - France
I'd like to know if in the following excerpt from the chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald the "invisible cloak" is like a "cloak of invisibility", in so far as when Gatsby put the outfit on no one can tell anything about him:

But he knew that he was in Daisy’s house by a colossal accident. However glorious might be his future as Jay Gatsby, he was at present a penniless young man without a past, and at any moment the invisible cloak of his uniform might slip from his shoulders. So he made the most of his time.

Thank you.
  • Beryl from Northallerton

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think it's more like a chrysalis from which he may at any time emerge fully formed as the Great Gatsby. It is a cloak of anonymity that, once slipped, will reveal his destiny.


    Senior Member
    English English
    I see his uniform rather as a thing which lends him glamour/mystique, like a character in a fairy tale equipped with a cloak of invisibility:)

    (Sorry to keep contradicting you, Beryl:D:eek:)
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