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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What does Nick learn about Jordan after he's spent some time with her?

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In chapter three, Nick describes the first time he attended one of Jay Gatsby's magnificent parties and mentions that he began seeing Jordan Baker regularly around town. Nick mentions that he enjoyed being around Jordan because she was an attractive girl, who was recognized for her accomplishments on the golf course. Nick goes on to say that he did not fall in love with Jordan but developed a sort of "tender curiosity" for her. There was something about her personality that he could not quite figure out until one day he witnessed Jordan tell an overt lie.

While they were at a house party, it began to rain and Jordan lied about leaving a convertible's top down. Nick suddenly remembered hearing a story about Jordan cheating in a big golf tournament. She was accused of moving her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round and the situation nearly reached the proportions of a scandal. The caddy ended up retracting his statement and the witness admitted that he might have been mistaken. Nick proceeds to say that Jordan purposely avoided "clever shrewd men" to hide her natural flaw. Nick concludes by saying,

"She [Jordan] was incurably dishonest. She wasn’t able to endure being at a disadvantage, and given this unwillingness I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool, insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard jaunty body" (Fitzgerald, 64).

Overall, Nick learns that Jordan Baker is a dishonest person who cannot help but tell lies and fabricate stories.

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