Was Gatsby such a great idea?


EU­GE­NIE raised eye­brows by choos­ing a read­ing from The Great Gatsby that ap­peared to liken her new hus­band’s smile to that of a crim­i­nal con­man.

Soon af­ter meet­ing Jack Brooks­bank, the princess read F Scott Fitzger­ald’s Jazz Age novel – and de­cided the main char­ac­ter’s enig­matic smile ‘re­minded her im­me­di­ately’ of her new love.

And so yes­ter­day the pas­sage about ‘one of those rare smiles with a qual­ity of eter­nal re­as­sur­ance’ was read by Maid of Hon­our Princess Beatrice. But it sparked de­bate be­cause Jay Gatsby is an ex­trav­a­gant mil­lion­aire and con­man who is ul­ti­mately mur­dered. Some mocked Eu­ge­nie on so­cial me­dia, ask­ing if she’d read to the end of the novel.

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