Why does Gatsby deliver so many goods and services to Nick's house in The Great Gatsby?  

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In Chapter Five we see that Gatsby has used Nick's relations with Daisy to secure his long-anticipated reunion with Daisy, but through Nick inviting her to tea at his house. Gatsby, ever concerned to show his wealth and also wanting to indicate to Daisy his love for her, is not satisfied by Nick's much less extravagant way of life, and thus "beautifies" Nick's house as much as possible, sending his own gardiner to mow Nick's lawn and then sending over a "greenhouse" of flowers, "with innumerable receptacles to contain it." Gatsby wants to make sure that everything is perfect and that his wealth and massive change of circumstances is evident to Daisy when they first meet again after a separation of such a long time. Of course, it appears that such tactics hardly seem necessary, as when Daisy does come, she hardly takes her eyes off Gatsby, and so probably would not have noticed the flowers or the lawn.

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