Identify the spaker, plot and significance of following quotes from The Great Gatsby1. I'm p-paralyzed with happiness 2. "Gatsby?" she demanded. "What Gatsby?" 3. "This is Mr. Gatsby, Mr....

Identify the spaker, plot and significance of following quotes from The Great Gatsby

1. I'm p-paralyzed with happiness

2. "Gatsby?" she demanded. "What Gatsby?"

3. "This is Mr. Gatsby, Mr. Buchanan." They shook hands briefly, and a strained, unfamiliar look of embarassment came over Gatsby's face.

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The first quote is Daisy speaking to Nick the first day he walks into her home on East Egg to greet her after not seeing her for such a long time. Daisy and Nick are distant cousins but he was in the war when she married Tom and was unable to attend the wedding. She is telling Nick she is happy to see him, but the words "paralyzed with happiness" are a strange choice. I think it means that she is happy to see Nick, but her unhappy marriage has left her "paralyzed" in a way. It is an ironic play on words.

The second quote is Daisy as well. She is talking to Jordan. Jordan has mentioned casually that Gatsby is a man that gives parties. Daisy immediately recognizes the name as someone she used to know. Later, she tries to find out more. Nick is not sure later that Daisy has learned about Gatsby living so close to her and Tom, but even if she knows he lives there, she never visits him on her own until Nick helps Gatsby arrange a meeting. This comment signifies that she still remembers Gatsby.

The last one is Nick. He and Gatsby have been having lunch with Meyer Wolfsheim in New York and Nick has learned a lot more about Gatsby's history. After lunch, Nick spots Tom across the room and goes over to greet him. He introduced Tom to Gatsby and Gatsby recognizes Tom as Daisy's husband because a strange look came over him. Tom asks Nick why he has not visited him and Daisy, and he says that he has just been having lunch with Gatsby, but when he turns around, Gatsby has left. This is significant because Gatsby is in love with Tom's wife and probably is uncomfortable being around Tom.

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