‘You see,’ cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again. ‘It’s really his wife that’s keeping them apart. She’s a Catholic, and they don’t believe in divorce.’
Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby. Chapter 2, Tom has invented this elaborate lie to to cover over the real reason he won’t divorce Daisy to marry Myrtle – class difference. Myrtle is not of his social class so he strings her along with lies.