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One thing I found surprising was when Gatsby met Tom at the party one of the first things he says to Tom is, "I know your wife" (102). It also says that he said it aggressively. It almost seems like Gatsby wants to attack Tom and get the point across that he is in love with Daisy. Maybe he wants to get on the subject of how how he knows daisy and pronounce his love for her to him and in turn it would make Daisy admit that she loves Gatsby. Gatsby must have been disappointed when Tom just brushed it off as if it didn't really matter. I think it is almost stupid of Tom to not realize what this statement means.




Rosalind Blair said:

Gatsby is desperately looking for a chance to expose his relationship with Daisy. This can also be seen when Tom arrives at Gatsby’s house on horseback, and he insists on going to a dinner where he will know no one in attendance, and where he is not really welcome. He wants to place doubt in Tom’s head, and it is not until later in the book, when the issue of a strange man at Tom and Daisy’s wedding is brought up that he actually gets his chance to expose his relationship with Daisy.

Annamarie Houston said:

I totally didn't pick up on that but I definitely agree. Gatsby just wants Tom to know that he does indeed know Tom's wife and that there was/is a relationship between the two of them. But, as Juli said, Tom just brushes it off as nothing. He just didn't pick up on the hostility in Gatsby's voice.

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