How does this quote reflect Daisy and Jordan's view of life (and immortality?) in The Great Gatsby?"What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon…and ... the day after that, and the next thirty...

How does this quote reflect Daisy and Jordan's view of life (and immortality?) in The Great Gatsby?

"What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon…and ... the day after that, and the next thirty years?... Life stats all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a lot going on in this scene, in Chapter 7.  First of all, it is important to note that the weather is unbearably hot.  Despite open windows and cold drinks, no character can seem to get comfortable.  There are already pervasive feelings of jealousy and passion brewing between Gatsby, Tom and Daisy.  Add to this the unrelenting heat, and no one is in a particularly good mood.  Daisy and Jordan are bored.  Her statement about "what will we do with ourselves..." is a rare moment of Daisy stepping outside her typical self-centered world of immediacy, and realizing for a very short moment how shallow her life is.

Jordan brings her instantly back to reality with her answer, however, that "Life starts all over again... in the Fall."  Basically she means that with the change of the seasons will come a change in the routine of the summer.  Seasonal change for these women also means a wardrobe change, a change of social scenery, and the potential for something new.

Ironically, nothing is really ever new.  Daisy's original statement is her admitting that she realizes the big picture of her life has been fairly mundane and potentially worthless.  Your assessment of Daisy and Jordan's feelings of immortality might not be very far off.  They never have thought much about the future, and certainly never had to worry about it.  In a way, it is almost as if they think of themselves as immortal - perhaps metaphorically if not literally.

That thought makes this scene particularly important as it comes just before the most life changing event Daisy will likely ever experience, one that certainly disproves her sense of "immortality."  This conversation is almost like the calm before the storm.

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