Enraged from the discussion Tom had just had with Gatsby regarding his wife, but trying to conceal his anger, Tom drove Nick and Jordan back toward home. Daisy and Gatsby were in Gatsby's car somewhere behind them. Nick thinks about how thirty seems to carry a reputation for aging, but it quickly dies away when Jordan's head rests upon his shoulder.
"Thirty—the promise of a decade of loneliness…of thinning hair" (135).
After trying to run away from her husband who had locked her up all day out of fear of her leaving him before they move, Myrtle lays dead after being hit by a yellow car.
When Tom arrives on the scene and the crowd that has gathered frets over Myrtle, Tom tries to pull Wilson, Myrtle's husband, out of his shock by gruffly telling him that the yellow car he had been driving earlier was not his own and that Wilson had "not seen him driving it earlier". He does this to ensure that he will not be blamed for the accident.
"'Listen…that yellow car I was driving this afternoon wasn't mine—do you hear?'" (140).
After arriving at Daisy's house and choosing to remain outside to wait for his taxi instead of joining Tom and Jordan in the house, Nick is confronted by Gatsby, who was hiding in the bushes. Gatsby then goes on to explain that it was Daisy who had been driving his yellow car that had hit Myrtle. Additionally, he adds that he plans to hide in the bushes until Daisy goes to bed, for he is afraid that Tom will try "brutality" with Daisy.
"'Was Daisy driving?'" (142).
"'Yes…but of course I'll say I was…she was very nervous and she thought it would steady her to drive…'" (143).
After his conversation with Gatsby on the lawn, Nick tiptoed to look into the room where Daisy and Tom were in order to ensure that no "brutality" was occurring. He saw that they they "weren't happy…yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy…" (145).
When Nick returned to Gatsby, he reported that everything was fine and encouraged Gatsby to go home. However, he replied that we wanted to wait until she went to bed. As a result, Nick departs, leaving Gatsby to stand guard.
"'Yep, it's all quiet…You'd better come home and get some sleep'" (145).
"'I want to wait here till Daisy goes to bed. Good night, old sport'" (145).