"Out of the corner of his eye Gatsby saw that the blocks of the sidewalk really formed a ladder and mounted to a secret place above the trees-he could climb it, if he climbed alone, and once there he could suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder."
Gatsby compared the sidewalk to a ladder. He thought, that if he were to climb that ladder, he would reach a place, far above the trees. (but he could only climb it alone). At this place, he could figure out many things, including th epap of life (Look up pap) and absorb the significance of wonder.
i think its something like that.
Its a metaphor for leaving. Walking away. The sidewalk is a ladder that you can use to rise above but only if your willing to leave the rest (his obsession with Daisy) behind.
At one point in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby Jay tells his later friend Nick about his early and persistent dream to reach some pinnacle of happiness. And then along came this Daisy, this upper class beauty! Gatsby describes how one evening, as they walked down a residential sidewalk showing white in the moonlight, the lines on the sidewalk seemed to stretch away like the rungs of a ladder at the top of which he might one day "gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder". But suddenly he felt he didn't have to climb that far for when he kissed Daisy it was like all that wonder he aspired to had become incarnate in her
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