In The Great Gatsby, what two things does Daisy tell the narrator on the porch?
Out on the "rosy-colored porch" after dinner, Daisy tells Nick that they do not really know each other very well despite the fact that they are related. She accuses him of missing her wedding, and he politely reminds her that he was not back from fighting in the war yet. She tells him, "Well, I've had a very bad time, Nick, and I'm pretty cynical about everything." It's an incredibly ironic statement to make to a man who fought in the worst war known to humankind. Such a statement seems relatively inexplicable given Daisy's tremendous luxury and advantages in life; however, she does have a rather stupid and unfaithful husband, and she is, evidently, well aware of his philandering habits. She claims that "everything's terrible" and that "'Everybody thinks so—the most advanced people.'"
When Nick tries to turn the conversation to something a bit happier, namely, Daisy's daughter, she says, "I'm glad it's a girl, and I hope she'll be a fool—that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." Daisy does seem pretty cynical, but perhaps she is also somewhat realistic. She must believe that ignorance is bliss, so she hopes that her daughter will be a fool because then the girl might have a reasonable chance of being happy—unlike her mother.
Daisy tells Nick that she is "cynical about everything". She bemoans the idea she expresses about her own sophistication and she tells Nick that she hopes her daughter will grow up to be a fool.
Daisy's unhappiness is at the forefront of her talk with Nick and he feels that she is performing an act for him meant to elicit a particular emotional response from him. Nick finds that her speech leaves him feeling the "basic insincerity" of everything she has said, about her daughter, her cynicism and her sophistication.
Daisy's unhappiness must be seen with some suspicion at this point, given Nick's response to the act that Daisy has put on for him. Though her husband is cheating on her (and this is the subject of dinner conversation), her emotional state must be seen as being complicated by false appearances, eagerness to perform, and a quality in her voice that suggests a variety of motives (one being to express allure and to captivate).