Prince Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s choice of a reading from The Great Gatsby at their wedding has left people slightly confused.
The couple’s ceremony at Windsor Castle included a passage from F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel describing enigmatic Jay Gatsby’s smile and said to capture both the theatrical quality of his character and his charisma.
During the ceremony, the Dean of Windsor David Conner reportedly said the choice was because the passage “immediately reminded” Eugenie of Mr Brooksbank.
But the selection – delivered by Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice – sparked derision among those who say it shows the couple have completely missed the point of the book.
Rolling at the idea of Princess Eugenie choosing a Great Gatsby reading for the wedding. Truly Freudian.
— Dan Chirwa (@CopycatDan) October 12, 2018
Many have commented on the fact that the book’s themes include excess, greed and the degradation of social and moral values.
I'm not sure they understand what exactly The Great Gatsby is about: https://t.co/YfIyjhg1XM
— Steve Rose (@steveplrose) October 12, 2018
It’s rather apposite that there should be a reading from The Great Gatsby at this tawdry bash. A story about a chap who splashed his dosh around in a vulgar way in his quest to conduct an adulterous affair. Does it remind you of anyone?#Fergie#royalwedding
— csusanclarke (@csusanclarke) October 12, 2018
I mean maybe there's some complex irony at work that I haven't fully unpicked, but… just checking, you did read The Great Gatsby all the way to the end right
— Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) October 12, 2018
Some offered suggestions of what the quote might be, with several people citing one description of characters Tom and Daisy as “careless people” who “smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money:.
Do you reckon it will be this really romantic quote? – "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money…" #royalwedding #greatgatsby https://t.co/PyZXn1MP5J
— Rachel Morrod (@Rachel_Morrod) October 12, 2018
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" The Great Gatsby
— MrsTwentyTom (@MrsTwentyTom) October 12, 2018
Announcing the contents of the Order of Service for the Royal Wedding, Buckingham Palace said: “Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank have taken great care and interest in bringing together the content of their service, working closely with the Dean of Windsor and all others involved.
“The couple are looking forward to sharing their marriage ceremony with their family, friends and all those who have come to celebrate with them.”
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