“You two start on home, Daisy,” said Tom. “In Mr. Gatsby’s car.”
Tom sends Daisy home in Gatsby’s car to send a message. He is so confident that Daisy isn’t interested in Gatsby anymore that he orders her to drive home with him. Tom is so convinced he has crushed Gatsby’s spirits that he puts the two of them in a perfect position to make up; knowing it isn’t going to happen. Such a cocky move.
The language used to describe the way Tom looks at Gatsby reinforces the idea that Tom is just a man who looks down at everyone. He acts like the idea of Gatsby ever being with a girl like Daisy is something to be laughed at, and refers to their relationship as a meaningless flirtation instead of love.
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