How is Daisy like a child in chapter one?What does she do or how does she act, what attributes of a child does she have in ch. 1? specific quotes?

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Almost as soon as Nick is greeted by Daisy when he arrives at the Buchanan house in the first chapter, Daisy asks Nick when he says he'd been in Chicago for a few days prior to coming to New York, "Do they miss me?"  Like a child, she wants to know if she's so important that people miss her as soon as she's gone.  A little later, the group of four goes onto the porch where four candles were lighted on the table.  As she puts out the candles, Daisy says, "Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it?  I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it."  Her syntax and repetition are very childlike.  Right after that, Daisy notices a bruise on her finger and calls her husband, "...a great big hulking physical specimen...". When Tom objects to her use of the word, "hulking", like a petulant child, Daisy repeats the word despite his request that she not.  As the evening continues, Daisy continually avoids talking about serious subjects.  When Tom brings up a book, thus showing his own prejudices, Daisy mocks it.  Then she changes the subject and talks about the butler's nose.  She talks about a bird next.  The only time she says anything serious is when she tells Nick about her daugher's birth and how she felt about it.

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