He discovered wonderful stories, also, about jewels.
In the long cedar chests that lined the west gallery of his house, he had stored away many rare and beautiful specimens of what is really the raiment of the Bride of Christ, who must wear purple and jewels and fine linen that she may hide the pallid macerated body that is worn by the suffering that she seeks for and wounded by self-inflicted pain.
As thus she spoke, the Queen, who had spied out a chain of jewels Ripple wore upon her neck, replied,--
Joyfully Ripple gave her the chain; but, as soon as it touched her hand, the jewels melted like snow, and fell in bright drops to the ground; at this the Queen's eyes flashed, and the Spirits gathered angrily about poor Ripple, who looked sadly at the broken chain, and thought in vain what she could give, to win the thing she longed so earnestly for.
And Ripple said she would consent, though she knew not if the jewels could be found; still, thinking of the promise she had made, she forgot all else, and told the Spirits what they asked most surely should be done.
It seemed unfathomable; this jewel
, that you could hold between your finger and thumb, seemed unfathomable as the heavens themselves.
For it is affirmed that, from the hour when two mortals had shown themselves so simply wise as to reject a jewel which would have dimmed all earthly things, its splendor waned.
Wherefore, I am minded to put the Great Carbuncle on shipboard, and voyage with it to England, France, Spain, Italy, or into Heathendom, if Providence should send me thither, and, in a word, dispose of the gem to the best bidder among the potentates of the earth, that he may place it among his crown jewels.
The marquise, however, had entered her own room, and was inspecting her casket of jewels with the greatest attention.
Will you accept that profit, then, on condition of converting the jewels into money?
The casket was soon open before them, and the various jewels spread out, making a bright parterre on the table.
She took up her pencil without removing the jewels, and still looking at them.
Being assured of this I returned to the cavern, and amassed a rich treasure of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and jewels
of all kinds which strewed the ground.
With his hunting knife he upturned the loose earth, beneath which the pouch should be; but, though he excavated to a greater distance than the depth of the original hole there was no sign of pouch or jewels
THE ring is on my hand, And the wreath is on my brow; Satins and jewels
grand Are all at my command, And I am happy now.