The Duchess and the Jeweller by Virginia Woolf

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Describe the relationship between the Duchess and the jeweler in Virginia Woolf's "The Duchess and the Jeweler."

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The relationship between the duchess and the jeweler in Virginia Woolf's short story is complex. Before we place this relationship under the microscope, it might be helpful to briefly examine each character individually.

The Jeweler is a wealthy London merchant named Oliver Bacon who lives surrounded by servants in a garish mansion. Even though Mr. Bacon is "the richest jeweler in England," he comes from humble roots. At one point, the jeweler muses that he "began life in a filthy little alley." The jeweler's rags to riches backstory is important as we explore his relationship with the Duchess.

The Duchess of Lambourne is described as "past her prime" and "very fat." However, despite the...

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