Gatsby And Daisy Relationship

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

When she was eighteen, Daisy had a brief relationship with Gatsby before he left to fight in the war. It is unclear how serious their relationship was, but it appears to have been romantic and passionate. Daisy's family did not allow her to go say goodbye to Gatsby when he finally left, so she stopped talking to her family for two weeks. Daisy became engaged twice and married Tom Buchanan in Gatsby's absence.

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Jay and Daisy originally had a romantic relationship when he was a young soldier, until he left for war, leaving her devastated. The two were very much in love, and Jordan noted that Jay “looked at Daisy ... in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime.”

Gatsby tells Nick that he had been surprised to discover he loved Daisy and that she loved him. He had pretended to have money and was tempted to tell her the truth, but he didn’t. Instead, he rationalized that it was acceptable to tell her about the great things he planned to do instead of telling her the truth about himself.

The two spent a month together before he was called away to war. They spent their last day holding each other, as if this closeness would carry them through the separation that was ahead of them. “They had never been closer.”

Daisy eventually married Tom, but not before breaking down after receiving a letter, presumably from Gatsby. Jordan reports that the night before the wedding, Daisy was drinking heavily and crying hysterically. She had changed her mind about marrying Tom and would not let go of the letter, until it was destroyed by the water of the cold shower her friends gave her to sober her up.

The two lovers never forgot each other. At the time of the novel's events, Gatsby has spent the past five years amassing money to impress Daisy so he can win her back. Daisy becomes flustered and interrogates Jordan when she hears Gatsby’s name. Neither realizes that they cannot rekindle that young love; time has changed everything.

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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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