“It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such — such beautiful shirts before.”

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter V) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Daisy cries out about seeing the beautiful shirts because they are so uncharacteristically like her memories of Gatsby before his transformation. These shirts are made of rich material and have monograms. It is hard to tell whether she is shocked and impressed by Gatsby’s new lavish style or is secretly longing for her original memories of Gatsby’s attire. Either way, the material objects has drawn a deep emotional reaction out of Daisy, and there is an obvious tinge of regret in her cries.

Senses like smell, touch, and sight easily trigger memories of the past. Daisy seeing the “beautiful” shirts makes her think of her relationship with Gatsby and how romantic it was. Daisy is sad because their relationship can’t be a reality because she is with Tom and time has significantly changed things.

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