What does Gatsby discover about Daisy when he returns home from Oxford in Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby?

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, it can be difficult for the reader to understand the true sequence of events ultimately leading to Gatsby's death. However, Nick, the narrator eventually pieces together the chronology of Gatsby and Daisy's relationship after hearing from Jordan and Gatsby himself. 

After the death of Gatsby's mentor, Cody, Gatsby commits himself to becoming wealthy. When he joins the armed forces, he meets Daisy and falls deeply in love. However, following his departure for the front, her parents manipulate her into marrying a man of her social class, Tom Buchanan. 

After Gatsby's tenure as an officer, he is given leave to study at Oxford thanks to an Armistice agreement, but only studies for five months. Upon his arrival home, he discovers that Daisy has already married Tom and has not waited for him. 

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