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In pursuing relationships we come to know people only step by step Unfortunately as our knowledge of others deepens we often move from enchantment to disenchantment Initially we overlook flaws or wish them away only later do we realize peril of this course In the novel The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald the journey from delight to disappointment may be seen in the narrator Nick Carraway Moving from initial interest to romantic allure to moral repugnance Nicks relationship with Jordan Baker traces a painfully familiar all-to-human arc Nicks initial interest in Jordan is mainly for her looks and charm Upon first sight of her at the Buchanans mansion he is at once drawn to her appearance He Notes her body extended full length on the divan her fluttering lips and her quaintly tipped chin He observes the lamp light that glinted along the paper as she turned a page with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms He is willing to overlook her gossipy chatter about Toms extra-marital affair and is instead beguiled by her dry witticisms and her apparent simple sunniness Time for this good girl to go to bed she says When Daisy begins her matchmaking of Nick and Jordan we sense that she is only leading where Nicks interest is already taking him It is Jordan then who makes Nick feel comfortable at Gatsbys party as we sense what Nick senses theyre becoming a romantic couple As they drive home a summer house-party Nick notes her dishonesty but forgives it attributing it to her understandable need to get by in a mans world She praises his lack of carelessness tells him directly I like you--and he is smitten After Jordan tells him the tale of Gatsby and Daisys past Nick feels a heady excitement because she has taken him into her confidence Attracted by her universal skepticism and under
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