In addition to serving as her sister's maid of honor on her wedding day, Princess Beatrice will also give a special reading during Princess Eugenia's royal wedding with Jack Brooksbank on Friday.
After Jack's cousin, Charles Brooksbank, completes his reading, taken from the Letter to the Colossians of St. Paul, Beatrice will appear before the wedding guests gathered in the Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle to read a passage of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The fact that the princess bride chose an iconic American author for her traditional British royal wedding is not the only surprise, considering that The Great Gatsby It is a dark novel that is less a love story and more a reflection of the disappointment of the American dream.
Eugenie selected one of the most famous passages in the book for her sister's reading, which describes the title character, the smile of Jay Gatsby.
He smiled sympathetically, much more than comprehensively. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal tranquility, which you can find four or five times in life. He faced, or seemed to face, the entire eternal world for a moment, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in his favor. He understood him to the extent that he wanted them to understand him, believed in you as he would like to believe in himself, and assured him that he had exactly the impression of you that, in the best of cases, he hoped to convey.
"Precisely at that moment he vanished, and was looking at a young and elegant short neck, one or two years more than thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech was far from absurd." Some time before he appeared, I had the strong impression that he was choosing his words with care. "
The quote actually reflects one's own real feelings about her future husband. Just as Gatsby has the ability to make people feel important, Eugenie says that Jack embodies the same quality.
"Jack is the kind of person, you know when you're lost at a party and you can not find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help, he'll come in and make everyone feel so special," Eugenie said. your pre-wedding interview with ITV.
"He will pick you up and talk to you and make you feel a million dollars and [looks at Jack] That is you, and you are so humble and generous. So humble and generous, are two words, and that person you know immediately [that] Do you have a friend…"
Of course, Gatsby did not have the same fairy tale ending as Jack! After desperately falling in love with the married Daisy Buchanan, it was revealed that Gatsby built his fortune on corruption, and was eventually killed by a man who believed he was having an affair with his wife.
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The Jazz Age novel of 1925 received new life with the screen adaptation of 2013 starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which inspired a growing trend of Gatsby's theme parties. And now, Eugenie's royal wedding can inspire a whole new generation of real fans to choose the American classic.