FWIW, I’ve tried to become much more consistent with this when encountering a name I haven’t heard before. I used to wonder if that made me look like some rube and caused the name-haver to roll their eyes, but I have come to the conclusion that the opposite is true: People with unusual-in-America names are perfectly aware that this is the case, and probably run into people effing it up all the time. Thus it is MORE respectful, not less, to stop and say, “Can you repeat that, please? I want to make sure I’m getting it right.”
Ages ago I was in a summer opera program with a young woman from Japan named Hiroko. She was well used to people mangling her name, and in fact the stage director proved hopelessly unable to pronounce it even remotely correctly (the fact he was greatly apologetic could not overcome a natural inability for languages). For the singers, however, we were used to singing in multiple languages we didn’t grow up with, and every single one of us – quite naturally – put effort into that very exchange. Ironically this was so much interaction it made the stereotypically shy Japanese woman Hiroko very uncomfortable. She’d never been around that many people who were trying so genuinely to get it right.
And oh, without digging out phonetic symbols, it’s roughly “he-DO-ko”. Or “Heroki” to our poor, linguistically challenged director.
My only problem with this article is that I felt the book implied Gatsby had even more sources of income than were listed, so any straightforward estimate of what he could have taken in from the businesses we know about is bound to miss the ones that Fitzgerald left out (or that Nick Carraway didn’t mention because he himself didn’t know).
That said, the analysis sticks, regardless. Even if Gatsby made twice as much through other lines of business, he was still spending an unsustainable amount of money on his lifestyle
Plus, this just seems like the sort of thing I’d figure out some night when I couldn’t sleep, so I’m glad the work has been done for me.