The Great Gatsby Questions and Answers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is Nick's first impression of the Buchanans and Jordan Baker in "The Great Gatsby"?

Expert Answers info

Jay Gilbert, Ph.D. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseCollege Lecturer

bookB.A. from University of Oxford

bookM.A. from University of Oxford

bookPh.D. from University of Leicester

calendarEducator since 2017

write2,274 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

We don't see Nick encounter the Buchanans, whom he first knew separately, for the first time. Daisy is Nick's secound cousin, he had known Tom in college, "and just after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago," so he has already known the two both separately and as a couple. Nick has a particular impression that Tom especially would never settle permanently anywhere, but "would drift on forever seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game."

However, the Tom that Nick meets has "changed since his New Haven years," and apparently not for the better. "Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face," suggesting that this arrogance was not so much in evidence before, and he gave the impression of "leaning aggressively forward." His expression is "supercilious" and he wears "effeminate" clothing as if to hide the power of his "cruel" body. Overall, Nick seems to observe a general sense of arrogance and cruelty in Tom which...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 828 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Wallace Field eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

calendarEducator since 2016

write7,245 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

luannw eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2004

write1,060 answers

starTop subjects are Literature and Math

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial