In The Great Gatsby, is there evidence that Daisy has lost interest in her lifestyle?

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Despite the many luxuries of her lifestyle, provided by Tom Buchanan's great wealth, Daisy leads an empty life, one without direction or purpose. She is clearly bored. Nick first sees these signs in Daisy's behavior when he reunites with the Buchanans in Chapter I of the novel. When Jordan Baker suggests that "We ought to play something," Daisy's response as Nick recalls it is revealing:

All right," said Daisy. "What'll we plan?" She turned to me helplessly. "What do people plan?"

Nothing comes to mind for Daisy that engages her interest or enthusiasm. Later in the evening, she expresses her discontent to Nick:

I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything . . . Sophisticated--God, I'm sophisticated!

Nick senses "a basic insincerity" in what Daisy says, but her lack of sincerity seems to lie in her desire for Nick's sympathy, not in the statement of fact.

Daisy's lifestyle is centered around her relationship with Tom, a relationship in which she has clearly lost interest. Her affair with Jay Gatsby serves to alleviate her summer boredom. Before Gatsby comes into her life again, Daisy's summer days are empty and endless, with little to occupy her. She asks Nick:

Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.

Daisy's days are long, and the trappings of her rich lifestyle do nothing to alleviate her boredom.

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