What quote best shows that Jordan is a 1920's flapper in The Great Gatsby?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is going to be a challenge to find a quote that personifies Jordan as a flapper.  Part of this is because Jordan never really strives to articulate or represent anything that is beyond herself or beyond the surface of what is there.  She is centered on her own needs and desires and possess a psyche that lacks morality or a guiding structure outside of self interest.  Probably one of the most telling quotes might be the introduction we have to her.  The fact that her opening comment to Nick centers around the extramarital affair between Daisy and Gatsby might be proof enough of Jordan being a flapper.  It is salacious and predicated upon social gossip.  At the same time, it is the type of comment that is made to socially hoist one person over another.  In this moment, we see Jordan as the flapper of the time period, and the characterization never leaves her throughout the novel.

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