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Diana Villiers’s diamond necklace

“The Fortune of War” by Patrick O’Brian

November/December 2015

“Stephen observed that although Wogan was dressed with particular care, Diana won hands down. She was wearing the lightest, purest blue, straight from Paris, and it made Wogan’s Boston gown look painstaking and provincial; furthermore, she had such a rivière of blue-white diamonds around her neck as Stephen had rarely seen – a huge stone in the middle.”

The Fortune of War
by Patrick O’Brian