"Well , I've had a very bad time and I am cynical about everything " In The Great Gatsby, what does Daisy feel about her marriage to Tom?

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Daisy has mixed feelings about Tom and about her marriage to him.

Daisy loves the wealth that being married to Tom has brought into her life. She loves the luxury of having a nanny to raise her child and of having servants to prepare her food and clean her surroundings. She enjoys her lifestyle of easy and uncomplicated entertainment,

making only a polite pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained. They knew that presently dinner would be over and a little later the evening, too, would be over and casually put away.

However, Daisy feels, at least at times, that she is trapped in her marriage. She admits that she "did love him once," but isn't able to give herself and her commitment solely to Tom. She found comfort and stability in familiarity based on having been associated with Tom for the years since their wedding. As Nick watched them through the kitchen window after the accident,

They weren't happy...and yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together.

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