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'So you see, Lord Canterville, I really can't allow anyone in my family to keep the jewels. British aristocrats might not be able to do without silly toys of this sort. But people who live in a Republic have a simple life where everyone knows what they should do and they do it. And things like these jewels are not suitable for us.'

'However, I should tell you that Virginia really would like to keep the box that the jewels came in. It will help her to remember your unlucky ancestor. It is a very old box, and it is damaged and not very valuable, so I hope that you will let her have it.'