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How does Catherine explain to Nick the affair of Myrtle and Tom in chapter two of The Great Gatsby?

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One hot day in New York, Tom Buchanan throws a little party at his bolt-hole in the city, the place where he takes Myrtle Wilson for their clandestine trysts. Nick tags along, and, as always, is highly observant of what happens. Also present is Myrtle's sister Catherine. Myrtle is clearly very proud at having bagged a rich man and wants to show him off to her family. She proceeds to lord it like a queen, affecting airs and graces, and generally showing off.

But she's completely deluded. Tom will never leave Daisy for Myrtle, not in a million years. Catherine tells Nick that the only reason that Tom won't leave Daisy is...

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