Describe the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan in Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby.

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In The Great Gatsby, the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan is fraught with tension, and there are many quotations in chapter 1 that show that Nick is picking up on it. In one instance, Daisy replies to Tom "coldly" and mocks him by calling him "hulking" in another. Jordan also makes it known to Nick that Tom is being unfaithful to Daisy.

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Tom and Daisy's marriage is strained. Even before Nick hears from Jordan Baker that Tom has a mistress, he has an inkling that things are not going well in their relationship. Daisy holds up a bruised knuckle and says, "You did it, Tom." When Tom objects to Daisy calling him "hulking," she repeats the word insistently.

When Tom begins making racist remarks at the dinner table, Daisy mocks him by saying, "We've got to beat them down." A few moments later, Daisy follows Tom into the house when he leaves to take a telephone call; this is the moment when Jordan tells Nick "Tom's got some woman in New York."

Later in the evening, Nick and Daisy have a private conversation during which she tells Nick that Tom was not there when she gave birth to their daughter. She confesses that she is unhappy and cynically observes that she has "been everywhere and seen everything and done everything."

Just before Nick leaves the Buchanans' home, Tom says that Jordan's family shouldn't "let her run around the country." Daisy replies "coldly," "Who oughtn't to?" There is a note of challenge in what she is saying because it's clear to Nick that Daisy knows about Tom's infidelity. And moments later, Tom advises Nick, "Don't believe everything you hear."

Nick does not describe any moments of affection between Tom and Daisy. Tom is restless and impatient, and Daisy is preoccupied; it is clearly a marriage in distress.

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