The Duchess and the Jeweller

by Virginia Woolf
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What associations do the mention of Diana's name arouse in the jeweler?

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Ah, a subtle question. First and most simply, we're told that the jeweler loves Diana. Therefore, the first association is that of love. After that, though, hearing her name reminds him that there are other things in play besides the wealth he would make from the Duchess. There are higher...

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Ah, a subtle question. First and most simply, we're told that the jeweler loves Diana. Therefore, the first association is that of love. After that, though, hearing her name reminds him that there are other things in play besides the wealth he would make from the Duchess. There are higher standards, and appearances of honor. He just can't test the pearl while thinking of her. Hearing her name makes him imagine the perfect life he might have, and imagine just how far he might rise from his humble beginnings.

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