The Great Gatsby

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Identify speaker, plot and significance.

Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table, with a plate of cold fried chicken between them, and two bottles of ale. He was talking intently across the table at her, and in his earnestness his hand had fallen upon and covered her own. Once in a while she looked up at him and nodded in agreement. They weren't happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale and yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together.

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The speaker is Nick. He is observing the behavior of Daisy and Tom after the accident. This is significant because although Tom and Daisy are not blissfully happy, they both have a vested interest in their marriage. Neither one of them would have walked away.


The Great Gatsby