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Now the Special English Program American Stories. Our Story is called The Diamond Lens. It was written by Fitz-James O'Brien. Today we will hear the second and final part of the story. Here is Morce Joyce with part two of The Diamond Lens.

When I was a child, someone gave me a microscope. I spent hours looking through that microscope, exploring nature's tiny secrets. As I grew up, I became more interested in my microscope than in people. When I was 20 years old, my parents sent me to New York City to study medicine. I never went to any of my classes, instead, I spent all my time and a lot of my money trying to build the perfect microscope. I wanted to make a powerful lens that would let me see even the smallest parts of life, but all my experiments failed.

Then one day I met a young man who lived in the apartment above mine, Jew Simon told me about a woman who could speak to the dead. When I visited Madam Valpus, she let me speak to the spirit of the man who invented the microscope. The spirit of Anton Van Leeuwenhoek told me how to make a perfect lens from a diamond of 140 carats. But where could I find a diamond that big?

When I returned home, I went to Simon's apartment. He was surprised to see me and tried to hide a small object in his pocket. I wanted to discover what it was, so I brought two bottles of wine to his apartment. We began to drink. By the time we had finished the first bottle, Simon was very drunk. "Simon, I know you have a secret. Why don't you told me about it?"
Something in my voice must have made him feel safe. He made me promise to keep a secret. Then he took a small box from his pocket.

When he opened it, I saw a large diamond shape like a rose. A pure white light seem to come from deep inside the diamond. Simon told me he had stolen the diamond from a man in South America. He said it weighed exactly 140 carats. Excitment shock my body. I could not believe my luck. On the same evening that the spirit of Leeuwenhoek tells me the secret of the perfect lens, I find the diamond I need to create it. I decided to steal Simon's treasure.
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