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In The Great Gatsby, how long were Daisy and Gatsby together before he went to war?

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adellem | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2011 at 3:19 AM via web

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In The Great Gatsby, how long were Daisy and Gatsby together before he went to war?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 12, 2011 at 6:29 AM (Answer #1)

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Daisy and Gatsby first met in Louisville when he was a young officer stationed at nearby Camp Taylor, and Daisy lived in her family's home. The novel does not specify exactly when Gatsby first started going to visit Daisy as one in the groups of young officers who went to her house, but after making her acquaintance, he began to go alone to see her. Jordan first saw them together in October, and they became lovers in October. Their last time together before Gatsby left for the war was spent during the afternoon of a "cold fall day":

The afternoon had made them tranquil for a while as if to give them a deep memory for the long parting the next day promised. They had never been closer in their month of love . . . .

Gatsby and Daisy may have known each other for a few weeks before becoming intimate, but their love affair lasted for only a month before they parted.

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