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What quote in chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby explains why Daisy married Tom instead of waiting for Gatsby?

A quote in chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby that explains why Daisy married Tom instead of waiting for Gatsby is "She wanted her life shaped now, immediately—and the decision must be made by some force—of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality—that was close at hand."

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In chapter eight, Nick visits Gatsby's home in the wake of Myrtle's death and advises him to skip town until things settle down. However, Gatsby refuses to leave until Daisy has made a decision whether or not to stay with her husband. Gatsby is such a hopeless romantic that he refuses to recognize that Daisy is not willing to leave her affluent, stable lifestyle with Tom. From the moment Daisy learned that Gatsby was a bootlegger, she made up her mind to stay with her husband. Nick and Gatsby proceed to have an intimate conversation, and Gatsby reveals the truth about his past.

Gatsby describes meeting Daisy in Louisville for the first time and elaborates on the way he seduced her under false pretenses before heading overseas to fight in WWI. Despite their brief, passionate romance, the distance between them continued to grow while Gatsby was away, and Daisy began entertaining other possible suitors. Nick goes on to offer the reader insight into why Daisy chose to marry Tom Buchanan instead...

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