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The sentence is

Something in her tone reminded me of the other girl's "I think he killed a man," and had the effect of stimulating my curiosity. - "The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald

If I rewrite the sentence as "Her tone reminded me of the other ...", does it have the same meaning?

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her tone

is simply the tone of her voice

something in her tone

refers to some quality of her voice, such as nervousness, hidden anger, happiness etc., that was perceived by the listener (the something). Usually it is an indication but not obvious.

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  • (Assuming the question should be answered) this doesn't really answer the question that was asked. OP didn't ask for a definition of tone, but is asked whether the rewrite is good English. – Andrew May 31 '18 at 14:27

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