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Lizzie Eustace is served with a subpoena summoning her to present herself in London and surrender her 50,000 pound diamond necklace before the court adjudicates ownership. She will be defended by her cousin, barrister Frank Greystock and accompanied in her journey by fortune hunters and hangers-on, Mrs. Carbuncle, Lord George, and Reverend Emilius. At the insistence of Mrs. Carbuncle they make it a two day trip with a night at Carlisle, and during the night, a thief breaks into her room and steals the case of diamonds. Lizzie confides to Lord George that she has lied to the police as the jewels were not in the case, but under her pillow. She conceals them in a roll-top desk, but finds on her return to Mrs. Carbuncle's house that the desk has been broken into and the diamonds really gone. Lizzie cannot tell the truth under threat of a charge of perjury. Now that her engagement to Lord Fawn is at an end, she vainly tries to seduce Greystock and George into becoming her male protector, but both men are too wise to want to become more deeply involved then they already are. Fawn's harridan of a sister browbeats him into trying to court Marie Goesler, but is discouraged by the rich widow's amused indifference to his pleas and intimidated when Glencora pressures him to renew his proposal of marriage to Lizzie.
Lady Elizabeth Eustace receives a subpoena ordering her to return to London and surrender the diamonds pending the judicial review of the various claims before the courts. During an overnight stopover in Carlisle however, the diamonds are stolen from her room. Or so it seems. The police accept her story and decide not to pursue the case against her. Lord Fawn's married sister, Mrs. Hittaway, urges him to find a more suitable bride than Lady Eustace and pushes him in the direction of Mrs. Max Goesler, who is anything but interested. Phineas Finn is depressed by what he sees everyday as the inspector of poor houses.
Lizzie Eustace must travel to London and surrender her diamonds to the courts that are going to adjudicate their ownership but they are stolen en route.
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