In chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby, Nick asks Daisy about her daughter. What does Daisy say?

Daisy says that when she gave birth to her daughter, she hoped that her daughter would be a fool. This surprises Nick.

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Nick has shared dinner with Daisy and TomJordan Baker is also at the dinner.  Tom has had a call from his "mistress" and this has upset Daisy.  While walking into the house Nick attempts to ask a question that will calm things down.  He inquires about Daisy's little...

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Nick has shared dinner with Daisy and TomJordan Baker is also at the dinner.  Tom has had a call from his "mistress" and this has upset Daisy.  While walking into the house Nick attempts to ask a question that will calm things down.  He inquires about Daisy's little girl and Daisy responds,

"It'll show you how I've gotten to fee about - things.  Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was god knows where.  I woke up of of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl.  She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. 'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl.  and I hope she'll be a fool -  that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautifu little fool." (pg 21)

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