I need some help on finding some specific quotes in "The Great Gatsby." I can't seem to find some likes/dislikes for Daisy.

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luannw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you mean quotes that show what Daisy likes and dislikes.  Early in the first chapter, as Daisy, Tom, Nick, and Jordan are sitting down to dinner, Daisy complains about the candles on the table as she snuffs them out.  Her quote begins with the words, "Why candles?...".  A few short paragraphs later, she is complaining about a bruise on her finger caused by Tom and she beings here with the words, "I know you didn't mean to but you did do it.....". She doesn't like the fact that Tom is rough with her sometimes.  Near the end of ch. 4, Jordan is telling Nick a little about Daisy's past relationship with Jay.  Daisy isn't quoted here, but Jordan is as she tells Nick that Daisy doesn't drink.  Jordan says, "Perhaps because she doesn't drink." Daisy, like Jay, wants to stay in control of herself.  Daisy wants everything around her light and carefree and so she tends to live in a dream world.  One example of this is in ch. 5, about 3 pages from the end.  She and Jay have just gotten back together after 5 years apart.  Jay has shown her through his house and she looks outside to see the sun tinge the dissipating clouds pink.  She says to Jay, "I'd like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around." This is one of Daisy's most profound dislikes: the real world that contains conflict and responsibility.

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