Describe the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan from the novel The Great Gatsby.

Tom and Daisy Buchanan have built a life and history together, so they are unwilling to leave each other. Tom has multiple affairs that he does not hide well from Daisy, but he enjoys having a beautiful, sociable wife. Daisy harbors love for Gatsby and knows Tom cheats on her, but she enjoys living a wealthy existence. Ultimately, they do not have a very loving marriage; yet they are strongly bound together by forces other than love.

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From the start, Nick senses an enigmatic quality to the relationship between Daisy and Tom. The first night he comes to their house for dinner, he learns that Tom is having an affair. Daisy professes to a jaded unhappiness over this and insists she has gone everywhere, done everything, seen everything, and is, she states scornfully, "sophisticated."

Nick notes in response that:

I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me. I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.

He also wonders as he leaves why Daisy stays with Tom:

It seemed to me that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms—but apparently there were no such intentions in her head.

All of this foreshadows what will happen in...

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