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Daisy's gold pencil is a status symbol.... it speaks to Daisy's class consciousness.
"Go ahead," answered Daisy genially, "And if you want to take down any addresses here's my little gold pencil. . . ." She looked around after a moment and told me the girl was "common but pretty," and I knew that except for the half hour she'd been alone with Gatsby she wasn't having a good time.
The Great Gatsby