In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby, Gatsby shows his pride in his large, opulent house, remarking to Nick that it took him three years to earn the money to buy it, even though this contradicts what he has already said about his inherited wealth. From the moment that Daisy enters, however, the only point of the house and its contents are the effect they have on her. Nick observes,
He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real.
Daisy has been a dream for Gatsby so long that familiar objects in his home seem equally magical and unreal in her presence. Nick describes three distinct stages in Gatsby's reaction:
After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence.
The embarrassment does not last long, and the joy leaves him inarticulate, unable to describe his feelings at the sudden realization of his dreams. The emotional reaction to this joy and wonder makes him run down "like an overwound clock."
At this point, there seems to be a curious sympathy between Gatsby and Daisy. It is not so unusual that he shows a neighbor round his house, though one would not expect him to include his bedroom in the tour. However, to pile up his shirts for her admiration is a strange gesture, suggesting that he is overwrought and running out of ideas. Daisy, however, is in a similar mood of emotional tension and cries "stormily" over the beauty of Gatsby's shirts.