Why does Daisy sob into the thick folds of Gatsby's beautiful shirts?
One could say Daisy Buchanan is the original "Material Girl," a woman that Gatsby describes as having a voice that "sounds like money." She is so impressed with Gatsby's custom-made English shirts that she is moved emotionally by this colorful display of his wealth:
They’re such beautiful shirts . . . It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before (Chapter 5).
Gatsby has shown Daisy around his palatial home with its garish rooms and Restoration salons opening to impress the woman who rejected him to marry the wealthy Tom Buchanan, a man who virtually purchased her with a pearl necklace worth a fortune. When Gatsby takes Daisy into his bedroom, Daisy sees his toilette set of pure dull gold. With delight, she picks up his brush and smooths her hair. Then, while Gatsby shows her his many English tailored and colorful shirts, Daisy sobs as he has found the way to her material heart. When she says "It makes me sad," perhaps Daisy regrets that Jay Gatsby's show of wealth has come too late because she rejected him when they were younger because he was not rich.
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