George Santos Turned Out to Be Just a Not-So-Great Gatsby

Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast

There are two con artist hustler-types in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, though most people remember just the one.

The first, of course, is Jay Gatsby, or rather James Gatz of North Dakota, a name and location abandoned at the age of 17 to get away from a life of broom-pushing and salmon-fishing in order to become the mysterious plutocrat of West Egg, Long Island.

The second hustler is a man named Biloxi, who never appears in person in Fitzgerald’s narrative but who is remembered as a late-addition guest at the wedding of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Daisy—the object of Gatsby’s enduring love—mentions Biloxi at a hot, climactic moment in the book. She and Tom and a friend recall that Biloxi fainted at the wedding and was carried into a nearby house, and he imposed on their hospitality for three weeks.

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