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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, what is Nick's first impression of Daisy and...

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, what is Nick's first impression of Daisy and Jordan?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 24, 2012 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Nick first encounters Daisy and Jordan when he goes to visit Daisy and Tom Buchanan at their East Egg mansion. Nick is awed by the grandeur of the mansion and its setting, but is not overly impressed with Tom - a feeling continued from their relationship during college days.

As Tom escorts Nick into the living room, Nick observes the drapes at the large open windows blowing and billowing in the wind. Nick next notices more blowing fabric coming off

an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as thoug upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white, and their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house.

As Nick recognizes his cousin, Daisy, and is introduced to Jordan Baker, he finds himself attracted to their physical appearances, to their attitudes of "complete self-sufficiency" and their seeming detachment from involvement with the goings-on around them.

Daisy could make a person feel like she was completely focused on that person, but couldn't quite disguise "a polite pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained." Jordan was attractive but reserved, with "a wan, charming, discontented face." Nick understood early on that the women were fairly superficial in their relationships and actions toward others.

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