We went upstairs, through period bedrooms swathed in rose and lavender silk and vivid with new flowers, through dressing-rooms and poolrooms, and bathrooms, with sunken baths – intruding into one chamber where a dishevelled man in pajamas was doing liver exercises on the floor. It was Mr. Klipspringer, the “boarder.” I had seen him wandering hungrily about the beach that morning. Finally we came to Gatsby’s own apartment, a bedroom and a bath, and an Adam study, where we sat down and drank a glass of some Chartreuse he took from a cupboard in the wall.
Firstly, why does Gatsby have a “boarder”? I can’t imagine he needs the rent money?
Second up, what are these “liver exercises,” or do I even want to know? One site told me it meant drinking alcohol. As funny as that would be as a euphemism, I don’t know if I buy it.
Third on the docket, did anyone else making their way around this mansion know that an Adam study was probably some little portion of colorful, neo-classical home design inspired by the Scottish architect Robert Adam? Bonus points to you.
And fourth of all, I had no idea that the lovely color chartreuse got its name from a monk-made liquor of 132 herbal extracts. Wanna join me for a glass?