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the burden of the banjo or the traps What does the narator imply with "the burden of the banjo or the traps" (Something like the boring uneventful rural reality that these people suffer but cannot get away from?) Why use the word banjo? [ There was dancing now on the canvas in the garden; old men pushing young girls backward in eternal graceless circles, superior couples holding each other tortuously, fashionably, and keeping in the corners — and a great number of single girls dancing individualistically or relieving the orchestra for a moment of the burden of the banjo or the traps. ] Ch2. http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/f/fitzgerald/f_scott/gatsby/complete.html#chapter3
Nov 6, 2012 7:48 AM
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In the jazz bands of that time, a banjo was often included. "Traps" refers to trap set - a drum set. The sentence means that the girls were occupying the band members time - flirting with them, I imagine, though I could be wrong about that interpretation.
November 6, 2012
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