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was willing to sacrifice himself for herPg. 12The only completely stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in whiteand their dresses were ripplingand flutteringas if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. I must have stood for a few moments listening to the whip and snap of the curtains and the groan of a picture on the wall. Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about the room and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor.The younger of the two was a stranger to me. She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely motionless and with her chin raised a little as if she were balancing something on it which was quite likely to fall. If she saw me out of the corner of her eyes she gave no hint of it – indeed I was almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her by coming in.The other girl, Daisy, made an attempt to rise – she leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression – then she laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came forward into the room.“I’m p-paralyzed with happiness.”She laughed again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had.Context – Nick is describing Daisy and Jordan Baker for the first timeSignificance – white, glorious women = dreamlike vision, everything is glorious and fluttering, “paralyzed with happiness” = pursuit of happiness, vacation, stillness, paralysis, Nick is describing Daisy with admiration, start to understand her personality, why Gatsby might be obsessed with her, she is very easy-going, laughing Pg. 13I looked back at my cousin who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. It was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth – but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered, “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.Context – Nick is further describing Daisy’s personality
Significance – Daisy’s low, thrilling voice is filled with money, fascinates both Nick and Gatsby (obsessed with the sound of money), “never be played again” – constantly changing, moving, “gay, exciting things,” Paris Hilton was originally cast to play Daisy BuchananPg. 100In the music room Gatsby turned on a solitarylamp beside the piano. He lit Daisy’s