In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, what does Nick find appealing about Jordan Baker?

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Hailing from a quiet Midwestern life, Nick Carraway is entranced with Jordan Baker, who is very different from anyone he ever met, particularly in the female arena. She is beautiful, athletic, and independent, and shares the same shallow, self-centered values as her friends Tom and Daisy Buchanan; unlike Daisy, who she has been friends with since childhood, Jordan has a cold heart, and on top of that is terribly dishonest.  Nick describes her at one time as "haughty", which was actually part of her appeal to him--at first.  He learns at one point that she cheated her way through a golf-tournament, and by the end of the story, he is disgusted with her and the lifestyles he has been exposed to.  However, Jordan shows her true character, yet again, when Nick tries to do the right thing; he explains that he is breaking it off with her, and she is taken aback, at first, then coldly announces that she was going to break it off anyway.  Nick leaves New York disgusted, disillusioned, and determined never to return. 


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