The Duchess and the Jeweller by Virginia Woolf

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What is the relation between the jeweller and the Duchess?  

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The relationship is fundamentally one of mutual need. The Duchess needs some ready cash to pay off the enormous gambling debts she's accrued. For his part, Oliver Bacon needs to gain an entree into the upper echelons of high society. Though fabulously wealthy, Bacon is still looked down on by the upper-classes as an upstart and a parvenu because of his humble origins. Each one has something the other so desperately lacks, money in one case, high social status in the other.

On the face of it, it would appear that the Duchess gets the better deal out of the relationship. She sells what she knows to be worthless gems to Bacon in return for a weekend invitation. Yet Bacon knows full well that the jewels are...

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