In Chapter One of the Great Gatsby, how does NIck react to Jordan?

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Jordan Baker is a professional golfer, close to Nick's age, and when he first meets her she's lying on a couch with her chin in the air, apparently unaware Nick has entered the room. Nick describes her as "a slender, small-breasted girl, with an erect carriage" and a "wan, charming, discontented face."

Jordan is physically attractive, but like Daisy and Tom, she seems bored. She complains that she's been sitting on the couch "as long as I can remember." Moments later she yawns and says, “We ought to plan something."

During dinner, Nick observes:

Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.

Jordan also tries to eavesdrop on Tom and Daisy when they leave the table, cutting off Nick's attempts at conversation.

Nick is clearly not impressed with the satiated attitudes of these people. They have more than they need, seem uninspired by life, seek out mild amusement in gossip, and have scandalous secrets.

Nonetheless, he does begin dating Jordan.


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