There are two stories in this little book and they are both good reads. The first story is 'The Black Cat in Heidelberg' which is about a slightly scatty professor who grew up with cats and travels frequently to work at various international venues.
His travel cases sometimes get mislaid and his mother, who taught him to love cats, suggested that his children should paint cats on his cases. He has to leave home for an extended period of time while his mother is very ill and might pass away while he is out of the country.
While in Heidelberg, a black cats pals up with him one night while out walking and spends the night with him in his room. Read the rest - it is a nice story and is actually true.
The Ring is the story of a young couple who fall in love and cannot get her father's permission to get married. Her father is being blackmailed, sort of, by a wealthy man to whom he owes a lot of money as a gambling debt. His debt would be written off if he were to give this man his daughter's hand in marriage. This happens and the girl's young suitor dies in an ensuing duel.
The girls is 'rescued', but can of course never get her love back.
She never received the ring which her lover had intended to give to her, and this story is also about the ring and what happened to it after many years.
It makes you think that love may never die.
It is a sweet little story tinged of course with great sadness, but is also about the miracle of a love that was 'programmed' into the crystal structure of the gems and how that played out 200 years later.