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What favor does does Nick do for Gatsby?

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Posted April 17, 2009 at 12:50 AM via web

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What favor does does Nick do for Gatsby?

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted April 17, 2009 at 2:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby asks Jordan to ask Nick a favor.  He would like for Nick to invite his cousin, Daisy, over for tea, and then have Gatsby conveniently drop by and run into her.  This is because he has built his entire mansion and earned his fortune solely to catch her attention and win her affection.  He is especially nervous about this meeting, even sending over some of his groundskeepers to mow the grass, trim the hedges, and prepare the house for her arrival.  He sends over flowers and also an expensive tea set for the occasion. 

When Daisy arrives, Gatsby shows up.  At first they don't speak, but later on they have a discussion.  Gatsby is extremely nervous and self critical at first, but then invites her over to his mansion where she is thoroughly impressed, even to the point of crying over the beautiful shirts he has hanging neatly in his closet.

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