That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. . . . high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl. . . .
This is when we find out exactly why Gatsby is so in love with Daisy. She represents money, plain and simple. Referring to ‘jingle’ and ‘cymbals’, these seem almost like her voice is a taunting advertisement to the rich lifestyle that Gatsby so desires. She never knew what it meant to want something because she would always get it and the is unconsciously conveyed by the lilt of her voice. Nick is trying to figure out what is so elusive about the quality of Daisy’s voice, but Gatsby knows exactly what it is that so draws them in.
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