Myrtle Wilson is bored with her life and her marriage. Nick does not indicate a belief that she loves anyone. At the party in the New York apartment, her friend tells Nick that Myrtle "can't stand" her husband. Myrtle is certainly aware before she met Tom that the Twenties were roaring—and not at George's wasteland garage. She craves excitement.
Nick presents Myrtle in terms as unflattering as he uses for Tom, but he acknowledges her sensual attraction. Myrtle assumes affectations that she associates with high social status, but clearly, that is not her background. Myrtle mentions being attracted by Tom's nice clothes when they met on the train—she even describes his shoes. She enjoys throwing parties, especially the kinds with plentiful alcohol. She is apparently unconcerned about being seen with Tom once they reach New York and does not think about what her husband might do if he were to find out about their affair. Despite some talk of marriage, Myrtle does not seem that interested in marrying Tom. Rather, she is fairly content to be the mistress—just as long as Tom keeps up her glamorous new lifestyle. Myrtle remains relatively content until Tom smacks her in the face.