In Chapter 3 of the book, Jordan nearly runs over a workman with her car, coming so close that her “fender flicked a button on one man’s coat.” She then tells Nick that she is not worried about being a careless driver because “it takes two to make an accident.” This scene foreshadows the scene when Daisy hits Myrtle, an accident caused by both Daisy and Myrtle’s carelessness. Jordan then adds, “I don’t like careless people. That’s why I like you.” She is careless, but she is attracted to Nick because he is careful. The conversation between Nick and Jordan about driving reveals Jordan’s recklessness and her attraction to Nick’s carefulness. Fitzgerald ties in the themes of carelessness and cars through this exchange.
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