Is Daisy as impressed by his party as Gatsby hoped she would be?

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In chapter 6, Daisy and Tom Buchanan attend one of Jay Gatsby's infamous summer parties, and Daisy does not particularly enjoy the festivities. Initially, Daisy seems excited about interacting with Gatsby's famous guests, before she slips away to sit with him on Nick’s front steps. Afterward, Daisy discovers that Tom is interested in another woman at the party and passive-aggressively offers him her little gold pencil so he can write the woman's number down. For the remainder of the party, Nick says, the environment offends Daisy; she seems appalled by the "raw vigor" of Gatsby's guests. As a resident of the East Egg, Daisy is used to formal, conventional gatherings, where guests do not participate in revelries out of fear of ruining their reputations.

Gatsby's party is significantly less formal than the affairs Daisy is used to, and she does not feel comfortable around the drunk, unabashed guests. Despite having an awful time, Daisy defends Gatsby and his party when Tom begins to criticize the evening. Tom also suggests that Gatsby is a bootlegger, but Daisy simply dismisses his comment and insists that Gatsby is too polite to turn away the random people who arrive at his home. Shortly after Daisy and Tom Buchanan leave, Gatsby comments to Nick that he noticed that Daisy did not have a good time at the party. Gatsby had hoped that his ostentatious party would impress Daisy, but it had the opposite effect. Gatsby also expects Daisy to instantly divorce Tom and express her love for him, which Nick recognizes as an impossibility.

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