Gatsby And Daisy Relationship

As revealed by Jordan, what was Gatsby's original relationship with Daisy in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

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When she was eighteen, Daisy had a brief relationship with Gatsby before he left to fight in the war. It is unclear how serious their relationship was, but it was (at least based on how Jordan describes it) romantic and passionate. Daisy's family did not allow her to go say goodbye to Gatsby when he finally left, so she stopped talking to her family for two weeks. Daisy became engaged twice and married Tom Buchanan (seemingly reluctantly, judging by how drunk she got the night before) in Gatsby's absence.


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The relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is a very mysterious one because Nick knows nothing about it until, in chapter four of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jordan tells Nick the story she knows about how Jay and Daisy met. This is what she tells Nick.

In the fall of 1917, sixteen-year-old Jordan remembers  Daisy Fay's house, the grandest house in the area. Daisy is eighteen and "by far the most popular of all the young girls in Louisville." Even then, Daisy always dressed completely in white. she had a "little white roadster," and her telephone rang all day long as officers...

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Jordon revealed that Gatsby and Daisy were originally lovers. However, Daisy could not marry Gatsby because he had no money and she did. Gatsby goes off to the war and dedicates his life to earning money and becoming wealthy so that he could marry Daisy. However, Daisy had already married Tom by then. 

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