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What advantage does Daisy have because she does not drink in The Great Gatsby?

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Oh my, . . . in my opinion there is something REALLY important to mention here:

Daisy WAS in fact drunk once upon a time, and that time reveals exactly why she never planned to get drunk again.  Just listen to Jordan talk about it:

The day before the wedding [Tom] gave [Daisy] a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

I was a bridesmaid.  I came into her room half an hour before the bridal dinner, and found her lying on her bed . . . as drunk as a monkey.  She had a bottle of Sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other.

"'Gratulate me," she muttered.  "Never had a drink before, but oh how I do enjoy it."

"What's the matter, Daisy?"

I was scared, I can tell you; I'd never seen a girl like that before.

"Here, deares'."  She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls.  "Take 'em down-stairs and give 'em back to whoever they belong to.  Tell 'em all Daisy's change' her mine.  Say:  'Daisy's change' her...

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