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What is the significance of Monsieur Regnault’s diamond pin in La Grade Bretche?Why...
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One could justify that the significance of Regnault's diamond pin (told of in La Grande Bretech) is one which signifies pride. Regnault states to Bianchon that he was given the diamond by a Countess upon her death bed.
The diamond is first introduced in the description of Regnault when Bianchon first meets him. Regnault is described in the following way:
The stranger wore an old coat, much worn at the seams; but he had a diamond in his shirt frill.
Later, during the story about how Regnault came to posses the diamond, he is telling of the Countess. Rumors of the Countess had lead Regnault to believe the woman to be "a coquette." Only after meeting the Countess did Regnault learn the truth behind her character.
What Regnault sees in the bedroom of the Countess forces all negative thoughts from his head. Regnault begins to feel great emotion and sorrow for the woman.
The diamond was a gift from the Countess which reminded him of his oath to her as her executive attorney. The most telling quote in regrds to the diamond's meaning is found when Bianchon questions Regnalut about the Countess' will:
I never allow myself to criticize the conduct of a person who honours me with the gift of a diamond.
What this shows is that Regnault is proud of who he is, who can come to trust him, and that he will not question those who honor him in such an extraordinary way.
While some could look at his quote as stating that only those who give him diamonds are those capable of not being questioned (which would be a justifiably alternative POV), as shown, Rugnault simply seems to be proud that he was chosen to put the Countess' affairs in order. The diamond represents this pride.
Posted by literaturenerd on September 3, 2011 at 3:47 AM (Answer #1)
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