Hetty was not quite as fond of the locket as of the ear-rings, though it was a handsome large locket, with enamelled flowers at the back and a beautiful gold border round the glass, which showed a light-brown slightly waving lock, forming a background for two little dark rings
. She must keep it under her clothes, and no one would see it.
"Thou who didst from the beginning create male and female," the priest read after the exchange of rings, "from Thee woman was given to man to be a helpmeet to him, and for the procreation of children.
Turning again to the lectern, the priest with some difficulty took Kitty's little ring, and asking Levin for his hand, put it on the first joint of his finger.
Oh, how could I not be ardent for Eternity, and for the marriage-ring of rings--the ring
of the return?
At last a young man, with a good heart and plenty of courage, set out to search for the ring. He took his way towards the sunrising, because he knew that all the wisdom of old time comes from the East.
'If you ever find Solomon's ring and get possession of it, then come back to me, that I may explain the inscription on the ring to you, for there is no one else in the world who can do this.'
While thus speaking Athos regarded with attention the sapphire set with diamonds which had taken, on D'Artagnan's finger, the place of the queen's ring, carefully kept in a casket.
"You notice my ring?" said the Gascon, proud to display so rich a gift in the eyes of his friends.
"Please Your Worship," answered the man-at-arms, "a merry fair is held there today, and a great wrestling match, to which many folk have come, for a prize hath been offered of a pipe of red wine, a fair golden ring
, and a pair of gloves, all of which go to the best wrestler."
It was a pretty thrust, clean and sure; and there was much applause, and many of the common people threw their hats into the ring
. Maria Valenzuela clapped her hands with the rest, and John Harned, whose cold heart was not touched by the event, looked at her with curiosity.
"In Brixton Road, this morning," it ran, "a plain gold wedding ring
, found in the roadway between the `White Hart' Tavern and Holland Grove.
"You are aware," said he, "that the dead man's wedding ring
has been taken from his finger?"
As you have no husband, that ring
can only have been given by one who hopes to make you his wife!
Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring
, and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant, who was allowed to go everywhere.
"That a man bets ten dollars at the ring
side that I win against six dollars another man is betting that I lose."