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Time and Token

During Chapter Five of The Great Gatsby, time and money are major underlying concepts, although at times they can be inconsistent with previous details of the story. There is a presence of inconsistency with Gatsby's time and money, during his visit to Nick's house he states that he earned money to buy his house in three years, but before he had told Nick that he had inherited all of his riches. Another discrepancy involves Gatsby's shy, nervous manner in the beginning of the scene, while the scene ends with him being overwhelmed with happiness. Gatsby's time and money are the two topics in this chapter that are mentioned very frequently and are most likely large factors in the conclusion of the novel.
When Jay Gatsby visits Nick's house to meet Daisy, he is trying to create a perfect impression upon Daisy, even asking for Nick's lawn to be cut as well as his own before the tea party. Gatsby wears a gold-colored tie with a silver shirt in a white flannel suit, obviously attempting to lure Daisy into a relationship using his wealth. While he is guiding Nick and Daisy around his house, he manages to show Daisy all of his costly foreign shirts and piling them on the floor as if they were worthless to him. Daisy's upset and attachment to his clothes may hint that she is willing to have a relationship with Gatsby.
When Daisy arrives at Nick's house, Gatsby is impatient, nervous, and incredibly pale in color before seeing his "lost love" whom he hasn't seen for almost five years. At the end of the chapter, Gatsby is unbelievably happy knowing that after five years he has finally come to confront Daisy and show his love for her.

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