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125437.  Sun Dec 10, 2006 6:45 am Reply with quote

I went to a wedding yesterday.
It was the fifth wedding in a row that I have been to that has contained the following reading from Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Louis de Bernieres

Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together
that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness,
it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground,
and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches,
they find that they are one tree and not two.

I don't know how to prove it (because it's darn near impossible), but I'm sure that this must be the second most read book (after The Bible!) at weddings these days.

It might make for an interesting GI question if we can nail it.

"Who is the most widely read author at British weddings?"

A:"Louis de Bernieres..."

152870.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:10 am Reply with quote

I imagine The Prophet Khalil Gibran is waaaay up there.

Interestingly, this is from Wiki:
Gibran's most famous line of all is that which inspired John F. Kennedy's often quoted "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You," from his 1961 inaugural address. The quote was inspired by a 1925 article, "The New Frontier," in which Gibran wrote: "Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in a desert."

153198.  Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:30 pm Reply with quote

Not sure where we got to with this, but apparently in the C of E (at least) you don't say "I do", you say "I will" - which is possible Gen Ig as I know because I know I have asked people who have just got married and they're convinced they said "I do" even though they didn't, if you see what I mean.


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