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In Chapter four, Jordan acts a go-between, communicating between Nick and Gatsby. Gatsby has discovered that Nick knows Daisy and wants to meet with her at Nick's house, then take her to see his own, much grander home.

It is here that Nick discovers that Gatsby bought his mansion because he wanted to be near Daisy:

Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.’

Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night.

He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.

Nick now realizes why, the night he came home from having dinner with Tom and Daisy, Gatsby had his arm out reaching towards the green light across the bay in a "curious way" and seemed to be "trembling." It is as if, with Jordan's words, everything falls into place. Gatsby as a person has been born to Nick to the first time—delivered from the womb: he realizes that everything Gatsby does is because he is in love with Daisy and wants to reunite with her. After this, Gatsby's love and desire for Daisy becomes far more central to Nick's story. Nick recognizes the audacity of Gatsby's dream.

But Nick also comes to realize that the high point of the dream Gatsby hopes to recreate occurred five years ago. When Gatsby leaves Daisy to go to war, on the train, heading out of town, he makes what seems to be the same gesture that Nick witnessed that night on the dock:

He stretched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast now for his blurred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever.

Nevertheless, Gatsby is still willing to do whatever it takes to bering the dream back, even up to buying a mansion and throwing lavish parties to attract Daisy to him.

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From the moment Jay Gatsby laid eyes on Daisy, he was infatuated with her and captivated by her wealth and luxurious lifestyle. Unfortunately, Gatsby understood that he could not win Daisy's heart because of his social status and lowly background. Despite his economic disadvantage, Gatsby became business partners with Meyer Wolfsheim and amassed a fortune in the criminal bootlegging industry.

Once Gatsby attained his fortune, he proceeded to purchase a magnificent mansion in the West Egg in order to be closer to Daisy. Gatsby's mansion is directly across the bay from the Buchanan estate and he can see a green light at the end of her dock, which symbolically represents his hopes and dreams. At the end of the story, Nick contemplates Gatsby's dreams and unconditional love for Daisy by saying,

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night (Fitzgerald, 193).

Nick's comments illustrate Gatsby's motivation to purchase a mansion directly across the bay from Daisy. Gatsby's dream was to one day marry Daisy and the close proximity to her estate gave him hope that he would eventually attain his dream. In chapter four, Jordan Baker directly tells Nick,

Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay (Fitzgerald, 85).

Gatsby held magnificent summer parties, hoping that Daisy would randomly attend one of them, which would give him the opportunity to reconnect with her. Tragically, Gatsby was unaware that his dream was already behind him and he could not repeat the past. Daisy had moved on to be with Tom Buchanan and refused to leave his side.

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, there are several indications regarding Gatsby's love for Daisy and his need to be near her, even though she is married.

In Chapter Four, Nick learns about Daisy and Gatsby. This is where we find the quote about Gatsby's desire to stay close to Daisy—so much so that he buys the house across the bay. It is relayed from a conversation Nick has with Jordan (Daisy's close friend). She tells Nick of Daisy's awareness that Gatsby is close by:

Well, about six weeks ago, she heard the name Gatsby for the first time in years. It was when I asked you...if you knew Gatsby in West Egg. After you had gone home she came into my room and woke me up, and said: "What Gatsby?" and when I described him—I was half asleep—she said in the strangest voice that it must be the man she used to know...

It was a strange coincidence," I said. 

"But it wasn’t a coincidence at all." 

"Why not?" 

"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.

From this point on (once Nick, the narrator, comes to understand the past that Daisy and Gatsby share), the reader learns of Gatsby's abiding love for Daisy. Nick conveys Gatsby's actions to find himself in Daisy's company whenever possible.

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