She looked around after a moment and told me the girl was “common but pretty,”

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


This line suggests that, although Tom claims to be going to another table for amusing conversation, he is really in pursuit of a woman. The fact that Daisy seems to know this contrasts with Gatsby’s dedication to her; Tom has her and can’t stop looking at other women, but Gatsby has thrown every previous party in the hope that Daisy would show up.

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