There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together. As Nick notes, they “weren’t happy…and yet they weren’t unhappy either.” Their marriage is important to both of them, since it reassures their status as old money aristocracy and brings stability to their lives.(7.409-10) They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. So the novel ends with them once again described as a unit, a “they,” perhaps even more strongly bonded since they’ve survived not only another round of affairs but murder, as well.We will discuss the romantic pairings in the novel first through the lens of marriage.Then we will turn our attention to relationships that occur outside of marriage.We're using this system since there are many editions of Gatsby, so using page numbers would only work for students with our copy of the book.To find a quotation we cite via chapter and paragraph in your book, you can either eyeball it (Paragraph 1-50: beginning of chapter; 50-100: middle of chapter; 100-on: end of chapter), or use the search function if you're using an online or e Reader version of the text.And indeed, she follows up her apparently serious complaint with “an absolute smirk.” What’s going on here? However, Gatsby forces them to confront their feelings in the Plaza Hotel when he demands Daisy say she never loved Tom.
They weren't happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale—and yet they weren't unhappy either. (9.146) By the end of the novel, after Daisy’s murder of Myrtle as well as Gatsby’s death, she and Tom are firmly back together, “conspiring” and “careless” once again, despite the deaths of their lovers.
Despite all of the revelations about the affairs and other unhappiness in their marriage, and the events of the novel, it’s important to note our first and last descriptions of Tom and Daisy describe them as a close, if bored, couple.
In fact, Nick only doubles down on this observation later in Chapter 1.
As Jordan relates in a flashback, Daisy almost changed her mind about marrying Tom after receiving a letter from Gatsby (an earlier relationship of hers, discussed below), but eventually went through with the ceremony “without so much as a shiver” (4.142).
Daisy appeared quite in love when they first got married, but the realities of the marriage, including Tom’s multiple affairs, have worn on her.