In Chapter 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, where did the group finally decide to go?

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Chapter 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby takes place on a particularly hot summer day. Nick, Jordan Baker, and Gatsby have all been invited to the Buchanan's for lunch, with Tom present. The day is so hot that Nick arrives to see Jordan and Daisy lying on sofas, saying they can't possibly move. After lunch, Daisy suggests they all "go to town," meaning New York City. Tom agrees as a means of distracting Daisy from flirting with Gatsby. However, while the three men are waiting for the two women upstairs to get ready to leave, Tom grumbles, "I don't see the idea of going to town ... Women get these notions in their heads--."

Regardless, the group does drive to town, Tom driving Nick and Jordan in Gatsby's car and Gatsby driving Daisy in Tom's car. In town, they debate going to the movie theater but check into a hotel suite in the Plaza Hotel instead, where they order drinks and get into further arguments. Tom and Gatsby especially argue, eliciting Gatsby to proclaim that Daisy never loved Tom. However, Gatsby is thoroughly disillusioned and brokenhearted when Daisy replies, "Oh, you want too much! ... I did love him once--but I loved you too."

All in all, the chapter serves as a major turning point in the story, otherwise called the story's climax.

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