The initial reunion between Gatsby and Daisy is filled with several different moods. For Gatsby, this occasion is fraught with tense excitement, since he has hoped and longed for this moment, desperately wanting everything to go perfectly. He has planned it and staged it, down to the very last detail....
The initial reunion between Gatsby and Daisy is filled with several different moods. For Gatsby, this occasion is fraught with tense excitement, since he has hoped and longed for this moment, desperately wanting everything to go perfectly. He has planned it and staged it, down to the very last detail. Sending a gardener over to cut Nick's untended lawn, providing a greenhouse full of flowers, and arriving in a white flannel suit, silver shirt and gold-colored tie, Gatsby is both nervous and discomfited by the heavy rain outside. He also worries that, even if Daisy appears happy to see him, things may not be the same between them as they were in Louisville.
Once Daisy arrives, awkwardness becomes the dominant mood. Daisy is naturally surprised to see Gatsby and although she is happy, her reaction is, understandably, somewhat subdued. Gatsby is painfully self-conscious and in a moment of uncharacteristic clumsiness, he knocks Nick's clock off the mantle. Feeling terribly embarrassed and disheartened, he leaves Daisy alone to tell Nick that the reunion was a big mistake. Nick encourages him to be a gentleman and to go back into the room for Daisy's sake, after which he leaves them alone for awhile. Upon returning, Nick finds that the two of them seem to be radiantly happy, Daisy shedding tears of joy and Gatsby glowing. The mood has shifted from tense awkwardness to happiness.
Gatsby takes Daisy to see his house and she is overwhelmed by everything she sees there. She even cries over his collection of expensive shirts. He tells her how he would look across the bay every night, staring at the green light at the end of her dock while dreaming about their future together. Both of them have let their guards down and appear to be genuinely in love with each other once again. At one point, Gatsby asks his house guest, Klipspringer, to play some songs on the piano and the tunes he plays, "Ain't We Got Fun?", as well as, "The Love Nest", reflect the joyous mood of the moment. Although the reunion began very awkwardly, it ends on a blissfully romantic note, as Nick quietly slips away, leaving the two lovebirds alone.