Chapter Five is the midpoint of the book and the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy. A meeting nearly five years in the making.
Let's talk about distance, desire, and reality.But first — I want to mention the initial meeting between Daisy and Gatsby, because it makes me laugh out loud every time. This is the fifth version of Gatsby we've seen so far. We've seen the aloof, mysterious, party Gatsby, the drifting baron Gatsby of his own imagination, the shady businessman Gatsby, the single-minded, pursuing Gatsby as presented by Jordan. Now we finally have a Gatsby stripped bare of all affectations. This may be the closest we ever get to seeing Gatsby in the flesh. And it is, for the moment, hilarious. Like seeing a lion shaved and soaking wet or a football player having a tea-party with his four-year-old daughter. This is Gatsby the schoolboy. The Gatsby who knocks over clocks and disappears into the pouring rain and asks his friend nervously in the hallway: "Do you think she likes me?" I love everything about this initial meeting.