Tom chooses Daisy more than he chooses Myrtle in The Great Gatsby. Please explain and give an example.

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Because of their relationship with wealth and their membership in Old Money society, Tom and Daisy will never leave one another for someone else.  Tom chooses Daisy over Myrtle in several aspects.  First, Tom actually fights for Daisy when Gatsby challenges him.  If Myrtle had been flirting with another man or if her husband George had challenged Tom, it would not have been worth it to Tom to pursue the issue or to put his "reputation" in question (at least not any more than it already was).

Secondly, even though Tom assumes that Gatsby was driving the car that kills Myrtle, Fitzgerald implies that Tom later found out the truth about the "accident." This takes place in Chapter 7 when Nick sees Tom and Daisy sitting together peacefully just hours after the accident, as if they are plotting how to cover for one another.  Later, Tom whisks Daisy away from everything, never pausing to attend Myrtle's funeral or to testify at the inquest regarding George Wilson's death.

Tom Buchanan is the sort of man who would make his mistresses like Myrtle believe that they were the most important women in his life and would possibly even promise them long-term relationships, but of course, he has no intention of interrupting his convenient and safe marriage.

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