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What does Jordan Baker's leaving "a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down" and her golf tournament "scandal" reveal about her?

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One of the primary themes of the novel is carelessness of people in general, but especially the upper classes.  There are numerous examples of shallow, careless behavior throughout the novel.  There is the description of guests behaving with a "simplicity of heart" as if they were in a an amusement park.  There is the car accident scene at the end of Chapter Three.  There is the behavior of party guests at Tom and Myrtle's flat in Chapter Two, and of course, there is the ultimate condemnation of behavior in the novel when Nick decries Tom and Daisy in Chapter 9 , "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . ....

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