The other girl, Daisy, made an attempt to rise — she leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression

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

Meaning

Manners Dictated By Society
Daisy, being from East Egg, is a character associated with old wealth, aristocracy, and all things upper class. With such a prominent background, Daisy is confined by certain social obligations to embody refined manners and a poised attitude at all times. Daisy does so in a “conscientious” way, which implies that all her motions are calculatedly controlled to the point of being unnatural.

Fitzgerald employs adjectives connoted with daintiness and restrictiveness, such as “slightly” and “little”, to show that all Daisy’s motions are attributed to the well-bred characteristics society expects the upper class to have. Daisy is careful with her mannerisms because the environment around her has taught her to be aristocratic, which leaves no room for natural, emotional gestures that may be construed as low-brow.

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