They were unhappy…yet united

“I never loved him,” she said, with perceptible reluctance.

“Not at Kapiolani?” demanded Tom suddenly.

“No.”

From the ballroom beneath, muffled and suffocating chords were drifting up on hot waves of air.

“Not that day I carried you down from the Punch Bowl to keep your shoes dry?” There was a husky tenderness in his tone.

 

Almost finish with the book, The Great Gatsby, I suddenly became interested in the relationship between Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Their relationship is bored yet intoxicate in some way that they still in marriage despise multiple affairs.

When Myrtle, Tom’s mistress kept on shouting his wife’s name,

“Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson. “I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai ––”

“Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.”

Even though Tom is having an affair, but he sill honor his wife. The fact that he did not let Myrtle insult Daisy, and that he thought Myrtle did not have the right to speak about Daisy at all show he still care for Daisy at some level.

Near the end, where Myrtle get killed in a car accident, and the one who drove it was Daisy.

“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.”

But still, they were together, as if nothing can separate them, why? The ‘old-rich’, the aristocracy in East Eggs that is. Even Tom had cheated many times, and Daisy was worn out, but the wealth and reputation that had been rooted deeply-for the aristocracy- had uphold their marriage concrete. Tom provided Daisy with wealth and luxurious lifestyle that she had been accustomed to, while Daisy was the perfect match for Tom, she also came from wealthy family, beautiful, good reputation with many admirers. They belong to the same world, even though they don’t love each other, but the wealth, same social class, and stability were stronger than any other form of love. And it kept Tom and Daisy together.

If a person cannot bring you stability, then no matter how much love they can give, it is all useless.

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