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I'd like to know if the "bridal dinner" evoked in C hapter Four of The Great Gatsby is...

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coutelle | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM via web

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I'd like to know if the "bridal dinner" evoked in C hapter Four of The Great Gatsby is a "rehearsal dinner":

I came into her room half an hour before the bridal dinner and found her lying on her bed as lovely as the June night in her flowered dress—and as drunk as a monkey. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM (Answer #1)

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When Nick joins Jordan Baker in the tea-garden at the Plaza Hotel in New York, he learns from her about the part of Daisy's past that connects her to Jay Gatsby. Jordan recalls having seen Daisy and a lieutenant sitting in her white roadster; the officer looked at Daisy, Jordan says,

in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime. 

Evidently, the young, handsome officer was sent overseas; so, Daisy resumed her jubilant lifestyle by autumn. After her debut as an eighteen-year-old, Daisy was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans; however, she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago. On the day before the wedding, he presented his fiancee with a string of pearls worth $350,000. But, as Jordan, who is a bridesmaid, enters Daisy's room, she discovers the pearls on the floor, and Daisy lies on her bed, completely inebriated. She tells Jordan to return to the pearls to whomever has given them to her. "Say 'Daisy's change' her mine!"

Nevertheless, Daisy is put into a cold bath, and sobered. After she is dressed, Daisy wears the pearls and "the incident was over." She attends the dinner before the wedding, often referred to as the "rehearsal dinner," and marries Tom the following day "without so much as a shiver."

Indeed, the rehearsal dinner is called the "bridal dinner" as the bride Daisy is bought with the exhorbitant pearl necklace; her love for Gatsby is washed away with tears and bath bubbles and only for an insignificant moment does Daisy "change her mine." The lure of wealth and social position are fixed upon Daisy, and will not be overcome when Gatsby seeks to resurrection her loving feelings for him.

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