Later in the evening Tom and Daisy ask Nick about his engagement. The dinner is interrupted several times, however, by the ringing telephone. Nick feels like he's heard about her before, but he can't remember the story. I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it. The lamp-light, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair, glinted along the paper as she turned a page with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms. Upon returning from dinner, Nick sees Jay Gatsby standing on his lawn and gazing out across Long Island sound. Her voice, light and thrilling to Nick, intensifies the cool, airy picture of her appearance.
Nevertheless, during its first release, the book sold poorly and received mixed reviews. He relates that he has a tendency to reserve all judgments against people and that he has been conditioned to be understanding toward those who haven't had his advantages. McKee home and then heading home himself. We get the feeling that the tactless bit is the real problem. Daisy is also aware that Tom is cheating on her, and Jordan tells Nick that almost everyone knows about Tom's affair.
Daisy and Tom appear in stark contrast to the image of Nick: Whereas he is relatively industrious after all, he came East by himself to make his fortune rather than staying home and doing what is expected of him , the Buchanans live in the lap of luxury. When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Yet Tom's stately riding clothes can't hide his hulking body, just as his politeness can't hide that he's a jerk. A friend of Daisy's is also in attendance. Gatsby, standing by the waterside, stretches his arms toward the darkness, trembling. Nick receives a handwritten note asking him to join the parties.
Daisy is Nick's cousin, while Tom was Nick's classmate at Yale. For Tom, all that matters is that he has had advantages; everything he does in the book comes from his selfish attempt to keep himself in a certain strata while denying anyone else access, even his mistress, who is introduced in Chapter 2. Nick intends to become a bond salesman, a line of work he says that almost everyone he knew was entering. The book espouses racist, white-supremacist attitudes that Tom seems to find convincing. A fourth character, Jordan Baker, is introduced. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens. It occurred to me now that I had seen her, or a picture of her, somewhere before.
When Tom takes a phone call, Jordan informs Nick that Tom's mistress is on the phone. There is a large bay in front of Nick's house, and across that bay live Nick's cousin, Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan. I saw that turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl. We get the impression that Gatsby is somewhat pretentious and superficial. I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration known as the Great War.
Nick fought in World War I; after the war, he went through a period of restlessness. Inside, Daisy lounges on a couch with her friend Jordan Baker, a competitive golfer who yawns as though bored by her surroundings. Carraway oscillates in his descriptions of Gatsby. When Tom abruptly leaves to take a phone call, Daisy declares that she has become terribly cynical and sophisticated since she and Nick last met. Depicted on the advertisement are the Eyes of Doctor T. Later, Gatsby takes Jordan Baker to the side to talk to her about something between only the two of them.
I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth. Nick decides to leave as well. Daisy took her face in her hands as if feeling its lovely shape, and her eyes moved gradually out into the velvet dusk. By refusing to make the book's underlying homoeroticism pronounced, he is mirroring the refusal of society at large to acknowledge a lifestyle choice that was socially unacceptable in most circles. It was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that.
The conversation at the dinner furnishes a few key details: This collection of East Eggers focuses on matters of little practical or significant importance and when they do speak of what they perceive to be weighty and meritorious matters, the parts of themselves they reveal are not flattering. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned toward me. After his awkward visit with the Buchanans, Carraway goes home to West Egg. Nick observes that the two communities differed greatly in every way but shape and size. As the story unfolds, Tom serves as a foil to Gatsby, marking a striking contrast from Gatsby's newly found wealth and dreamy nature.
When Nick looks back toward his neighbor, the man has vanished. What these critics overlook, however, is the possibility that Fitzgerald is hinting at it, just as the society of which he was a part, hinted at it. Daisy Buchanan is Nick's cousin, and Nick vaguely knew her husband Tom because Tom also attended Yale. He is bold about his affair, not worrying that Daisy knows, but he sees the need to put up a pretense on the train, as if that one small gesture of discretion makes up for all the other ways in which he flaunts his affairs. Analysis Whereas Chapter 1 ended with the mysterious Gatsby reaching out to his dream in the night, Chapter 2 opens with a striking contrast. The McKees, for instance, are trying desperately to be accepted by the upper class, but are really shallow, dull people. Daisy is utterly transparent, feebly affecting an air of worldliness and cynicism.