#22 - The Necklace Shines Ominously
Kubikazari wa Fukitsu na Kagayaki (首飾りは不吉な輝き)
Mar 12, 1980(JST)
Two years after Fersen leaves, the Queen has given birth to daughter Marie Therese and son Joseph. She moves to Petit Trianon, a small villa, to spend more time with her children---and thus, ignores her Queenly duties and ends all audiences for good while the troubles of the peasants grow with each passing day and the nobles are frustrated due to their inability to talk to the Queen. Oscar, knowing the harm that Antoinette is causing, chooses to ignore it because the Queen has not been so happy in years. Empress Maria Theresa dies worrying about her daughter. Boehmer, a jeweler with a 1,600,000 livre diamond necklace (200 million US dollars) was unable to sell it to the Queen four years ago and now asks Jeanne for help. She convinces Rohan that Antoinette wants the necklace and had asked Rohan to be the guarantor. Instead of delivering the necklace to the Queen, Jeanne separates each of the diamonds and asks Nicholas to sell them in England. The Revolutionary War ends, and French soldiers begin returning home. Oscar goes to Trianon to ask the Queen to restart the audiences, but is unable to once she sees how joyful Antoinette is with her children. (In the manga, she tries to persuade Antoinette nevertheless, but her advice is rejected.) Worrying about whether or not Fersen had survived the war, Oscar and Andre go to drink at a pub where they meet Robespierre, who had become a lawyer "for the People", and Bernard, who had become his follower. Oscar and Andre are beaten up by the pub's customers once they find out that Oscar is a noble. The jeweler sends a letter to the Queen, asking for his payment, but she is unaware of Jeanne's scheme and burns it, beginning the Affair of the Diamond Necklace.