I'm doing a line by line analysis of The Great Gatsby. In critical commentary, the scene at the end of chapter two is frequently cited as evidence that Nick Carraway is either homosexual or bisexual. Part of the scene:
'Come to lunch some day,' he suggested, as we groaned down in the elevator.
'Keep your hands off the lever,' snapped the elevator boy.
'I beg your pardon," said Mr McKee with dignity, 'I didn't know I was touching it.'
Commentators say that lever is an obvious phallic reference. I don't feel that readers in 1925 would see this as a phallic reference.
Is there any textual evidence (outside of TGG) prior to 1924 that suggests that writers or the public were familiar with this?