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“So it was thought, but I know otherwise. Colonel Hall gave the necklace to Mrs. Hedge, who was his cousin, just before the murder. I learned that from Alpenny, who was in the house at the time; and that was why Alpenny married Mrs. 0571杭州夜网 Hedge–he wanted the necklace. And that is why I wished to marry you,” added Ruck, smiling blandly, “as I want the necklace. It is valued at ten thousand pounds, and Alpenny promised to give it to you when we married.”

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“The necklace was given to Mrs. Hedge,” said Ruck, who was now very angry, “and Alpenny promised to give it to you. If you give it to me, I will go out of your life and you can marry Paslow; if not, I can stop this 杭州龙凤论坛Vip marriage.”

“I defy you to do your worst,” said Paslow savagely.

“Don’t do that; it might be dangerous,” said Ruck, with a meaning look. “Well, Miss Hedge?” He turned to Beatrice.

“I know nothing about the necklace,” she replied. “If you married me you would marry a pauper.

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Ruck turned pale and looked at the ground. “Can Lady Watson have secured it?” he muttered.

“You had better ask her. And now, Major 杭州夜生活百花坊 Ruck, that I know your real reason for wishing to marry me, I may tell you that I would willingly have given the Obi necklace to escape such a match!” and she turned her back on him scornfully.

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“You cannot stop it, Ruck,” said Vivian coolly.

“Oh, I have no desire to do so. All I wanted from this lady was the Obi necklace. As she has not got it, there is no need for me to sacrifice my freedom. Miss Hedge, good-day; Paslow, good-day;” and with a bow, the 百花坊杭州Major took his gigantic figure out of the room.

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