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busylizzy15 | Honors

Posted September 27, 2013 at 3:04 AM via web

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As revealed by Jordan, what was Gatsby's original relationship with Daisy in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 27, 2013 at 4:17 AM (Answer #1)

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The relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is a very mysterious one because Nick knows nothing about it until, in chapter four of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jordan tells Nick the story she knows about how Jay and Daisy met. This is what she tells Nick.

In the fall of 1917, sixteen-year-old Jordan remembers  Daisy Fay's house, the grandest house in the area. Daisy is eighteen and "by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville." Even then, Daisy always dressed completely in white. she had a "little white roadster," and her telephone rang all day long as officers from Camp Taylor begged to be with her, even for an hour. 

One morning as Jordan walked past the house, Daisy was sitting in her car with an officer, a lieutenant Jordan had never seen before. 

They were so engrossed in each other that she didn't see me until I was five feet away.

Jordan was flattered when Daisy called her, by name, over to the car. She wanted Jordan to let the Red Cross (where both girls volunteered by making bandages) know that she would not be coming in today.

The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since.His name was Jay Gatsby, and I didn't lay eyes on him again for over four years-even after I'd met him on Long Island I didn't realize it was the same man.

Jordan lost track of both Gatsby and Daisy because she had begun to play in golf tournaments, but she knew that Daisy was spending some free time with an "older crowd." Jordan heard rumors about Daisy, that one winter night she had packed her bags and was going to New York to say goodbye to a soldier who was leaving to go overseas. Her parents did not let her go and Daisy refused to speak with her family for weeks. After that, Daisy had no interest in dating soldiers.

A year later, Daisy was her usual social self once again, and by February she was engaged to a man in New Orleans. In June, though, she married a man from Chicago, Tom Buchanan, in an outrageously spectacular wedding ceremony. Tom gave Daisy a pearl necklace worth three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. 

Jordan was one of Daisy's bridesmaids, and a half hour before the bridal dinner, she discovered that Daisy was lying on the bed

as drunk as a monkey. She had a bottle of Sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other. 

Daisy said she had never been this drunk before, and Jordan was frightened at the spectacle. A drunken Daisy tells Jordan to take the pearls and "give 'em back to whoever they belong to. Tell 'em all Daisy's change' her mine [mind]."

Daisy began to weep uncontrollably, and Jordan got one of the family maids. They got Daisy into a cold bath, but Daisy would not let go of the letter she had in her hand until it came to pieces in the water. The two women sobered Daisy up and Daisy did not say another word. Thirty minutes later, Daisy left her room, Tom's pearls around her neck and acting as if nothing had happened. 

Next day at five o'clock she married Tom Buchanan without so much as a shiver, and started off on a three months' trip to the South Seas.

Until Nick came to visit the Buchanans and mentioned Daisy, Jordan had never connected the man in uniform sitting in Daisy's car with Jay Gatsby.

This is the story Jordan tells Nick about Jay and Daisy.

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM (Answer #2)

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Jordon revealed that Gatsby and Daisy were originally lovers. However, Daisy could not marry Gatsby because he had no money and she did. Gatsby goes off to the war and dedicates his life to earning money and becoming wealthy so that he could marry Daisy. However, Daisy had already married Tom by then. 

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