Cite three quotes in which Daisy Buchanan reveals humility about her monetarily valued items?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is almost a trick question.  Even though Daisy is continually surrounded by wealth and even though Gatsby insists that “her voice is full of money” (120), Daisy is almost never spoken of in regards to material items.  Just like everyone in East Egg, that association is simply assumed.

 The few references of “humility” that can be found reveal Daisy’s lack of pride by her use of extravagant items in a careless or utilitarian fashion.  For example, before Daisy’s bridal dinner she “groped around in a waste-basket . . . and pulled out the string of pearls” (77).  Later, Daisy tells Tom that “if you want to take down any addresses here’s my little gold pencil” (107) only to be picked up later in the compulsory limousine.  The best example is when Daisy enters the very posh Plaza Hotel and suggests “that we hire five bathrooms and take cold baths, and then assumed more tangible form as a ‘place to have a mint julep’” (126).  Nick had it right:  “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . .” (180-181).

Perhaps more interesting is the fact that Daisy speaks with pride only when she speaks of Gatsby’s things. Yes, her once-poor lover is now filthy rich.  Daisy’s own items, of course, are scarcely mentioned.

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