In chapter 2, Nick travels with Tom into the Valley of Ashes on their way to New York City, where Tom stops at George Wilson's automotive garage in order to briefly meet with George's wife, Myrtle. Myrtle is depicted as a vivacious, confident woman; she is Tom's mistress. Myrtle is also portrayed as a superficial individual who only seems interested in Tom for his money and selfishly cheats on her naive husband. Myrtle had thought she was marrying a rich man but found out that George could not even afford to purchase a tuxedo for their wedding. She cares about her appearance and regrets marrying George Wilson. In the city, Myrtle feels free to express herself and ends up provoking Tom's wrath by mentioning Daisy's name.
In contrast, George Wilson is depicted as a naive, skeptical man. He realizes that something is going on with his wife but is unaware that she is having an affair with Tom. George seems helpless and cannot provide the extravagant lifestyle that his wife desperately desires. Unlike Tom and his wife, George is a timid person. Unfortunately, George is being taken advantage of by Tom while his wife carries on an affair behind his back.