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"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion."
Nick makes am important observation with this quote, in that Gatsby had idealized Daisy for so long that he had come to envision the perfect woman..... almost like an unflawed diamond. Unfortunately, no one is perfect, and when you bring yourself to idealize someone else's perfection they have nowhere to go but down.