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Describe the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan (from chapter 1 only) in The Great Gatsby.

In The Great Gatsby, the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan is fraught with tension, and there are many quotations in chapter 1 that show that Nick is picking up on it. In one instance, Daisy replies to Tom "coldly" and mocks him by calling him "hulking" in another. Jordan also makes it known to Nick that Tom is being unfaithful to Daisy.

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Tom and Daisy's marriage is strained. Even before Nick hears from Jordan Baker that Tom has a mistress, he has an inkling that things are not going well in their relationship. Daisy holds up a bruised knuckle and says, "You did it, Tom." When Tom objects to Daisy calling him "hulking," she repeats the word insistently.

When Tom begins making racist remarks at the dinner table, Daisy mocks him by saying, "We've got to beat them down." A few moments later, Daisy...

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