In chapter 9, Nick recalls seeing Tom Buchanan one last time walking in front of him on Fifth Avenue and attempts to avoid speaking to Tom. However, Tom sees Nick, walks back towards him, and sticks his hand out to shake Nick's hand. Nick initially refuses to shake Tom's hand because he is completely disgusted with Tom's personality, lifestyle, and recent behavior. When Tom comments on Nick's refusal to shake his hand, Nick asks Tom what he told Wilson the night Myrtle was murdered. Nick is aware that Tom told Wilson that Jay Gatsby killed his wife and is partially responsible for Gatsby's death. Nick was close friends with Gatsby and is still upset that Tom led Wilson to Gatsby's home. Furthermore, Nick disapproves of Tom's debased, immoral lifestyle and arrogant attitude. Despite Nick's negative feelings towards Tom and Daisy, he sympathizes with Tom's feelings and understands why he blamed Gatsby for murdering Myrtle. At the end of their brief conversation, Nick does end up shaking Tom's hand and feels as if he is speaking to a child when he talks to Tom.