The Duchess and the Jeweler

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bTopic: What mistake has Oliver made? Is it forgivable? Explain? Outline:
I. Introduction:
+ Born into and brought up in a noble family, Virginia Woolf has a deep knowledge about her aristocratic society. Therefore, almost all her works revolve around this. + One of example is “The Duchess and The Jeweler”

+ Buying ten pearls from the duchess while knowing they are counterfeits is a big mistake?? II. Body:
+ From the point point of view of a business man
+ As an ordinary person and a man in love with the girl
III. Conclusion:
+ Wrap up main points
Essay:
Born into and brought up in a noble family, Virginia Woolf has a deep knowledge about her aristocratic society. Therefore, almost all her works revolve around this. One example is “The Duchess and The Jeweler”. In this short story, there are two main characters: the jeweler named Oliver Bacon and the duchess. Buying ten pearls from the duchess while knowing they are counterfeits, Oliver Bacon has made a big mistake for personal gains. We shall examine more closely to see if such action is forgivable.

From the point of view of a businessman, this action is unacceptable for obvious reasons. Any businessperson would consider maximizing profits his/her top priority. Therefore, purposefully buying ten fake pearls at one's own expense is pure stupidity. In addition, having lived in poverty and done many risky jobs - selling stolen dogs and cheap watches, smuggling diamonds into Amsterdam, etc.- he should have understood how difficult it is to earn money. At present, he may be rich but he but he is always striving for more profitable.. Therefore, paying 20,000 GBP for ten counterfeit pearls is unforgivable.

On the contrary, if we consider him an ordinary person and a man in love, what he does is understandable. Once he has had the wealth, it makes sense for him to pursue a higher social standing. For this reason, when the duchess invites him to her riverside party the next...
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