What did Gatsby do to keep Daisy interested in him when they first courted in The Great Gatsby?

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When Gatsby and Daisy first met in Louisville, she was an eighteen-year-old girl whose family was socially and financially prominent. Daisy drove a little white roadster, lived a life of ease, and enjoyed her station in life. Gatsby, however, had run away from his poor family's North Dakota farm at seventeen, held a series of odd jobs, spent five years sailing with Dan Cody, and found himself penniless and out of a job when Cody died. He then had joined the Army and was stationed in Louisville, where his and Daisy's paths crossed. By the time she met him, Gatsby had created for himself a new identity; poor, uneducated James Gatz had become "polished" Jay Gatsby, a young officer with a glamorous--and false-- personal background. Gatsby drew Daisy into a relationship with him by misleading her; he made her believe that he was a suitable match for her, that he could take care of her financially. He hid his past. Disguised by his uniform, he appeared to be a dashing young officer of the same social standing as the other young officers who courted Daisy. Daisy fell in love with him, and they became lovers before he was sent to Europe in World War I.

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