Although Tom does not do everything for Daisy, he loves her. Please explain and give an example from The Great Gatsby.

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Tom does indeed love Daisy - as much as Tom can love anyone besides himself.  One of the first examples of his true depth of feeling for Daisy comes in chapter two when he hits Myrtle because she kept saying Daisy's name.  Guilt drove Tom to anger and the resulting violence.  He would not have guilt over his affair with Myrtle if he did not have some feelings for his wife.  Another example of Tom's feelings for his wife is when he has Gatsby investigated and when he makes disparaging remarks about Gatsby.  Tom has strong suspicions that there is something going on between Daisy and Gatsby and he is afraid of losing Daisy to Gatsby.  He has Gatsby investigated to try to find some dirt on Gatsby that he can use against him.  The disparaging remarks are an immature attempt to discredit Gatsby in front of Daisy.  During the scene in the hotel in New York City before the accident that killed Myrtle, Tom clearly shows his love for his wife.  He admits that he's made mistakes and that he will try to make amends.  Later, at the end of that chapter (chapter seven), Nick tells us that he can see Tom and Daisy in their house, sitting at a table, talking earnestly to one another.  Tom places his hand over Daisy's.  This intimate touching is evidence of Tom's love for Daisy.  Both Tom and Daisy are, as Nick notes in the last chapter, reckless, careless, self-absorbed people.  The love Tom has for Daisy isn't like the love that Gatsby has for Daisy, but it's the best Tom can do.

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