The Great Gatsby

How does Nick React to and feel about Jordan?

Why does Nick React and feel like this about Jordan?

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In the first chapter of The Great Gatsby, Nick finds himself immediately attracted to Jordan Baker. Much of his description of her is physical.

Slender and charming are two terms he uses to describe her and he also admires her discontentment and apparent superiority to the situation she is in. As an outsider, it is possible that Nick connects with Jordan for this reason – he feels that she is an outsider too, at least emotionally.

However, we can say definitely that the emphasis of Nick’s response to this meeting is on Jordan Baker’s physical appearance which he finds pleasing.

I enjoyed looking at her.

This is the first and most telling line from his initial encounter with Miss Baker.