“Down below what?” demanded Sofia, looking at Paolo quizzically. “A downstairs room? Under the bed?” Paolo didn’t reply... indicating to Sofia that she wasn’t thinking broadly enough. Then she realised.
“It was a piercing... ‘down below’, wasn’t it?” As Sofia said ‘down below’, she put both hands up to make imaginary exclamation marks with her fingers... until she realised she was flashing the diamond again to all and sundry in Langan’s. “Eeeew!” she added, showing distaste. She glanced at the diamond on her finger as she lowered it, but of course it never entered her head to give it back!