The Necklace

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  • Exposition
  • "Here is something for you."
  • Conflict
  • "Very well. I'll give you four hundred francs. But try and get a really nice dress with the money."
  • Rising Action
  • "She was the prettiest woman present, elegant, graceful, smiling, and quite above herself with happiness."
  • In Paris, 1880 a young women, Mathlide Loisel, who is middle-class dreams of a lavish lifestyle that she cannot have. One day, her husband came home with an invitation to a very fancy party. She is looking forward to it but upset that she will not have an outfit.
  • Climax
  • "At the end of ten years everything was paid off, everything, the usurer's charges and the accumulation of superimposed interest."
  • Madame Loisel is not wealthy, but she wishes to be. Her husband gives her money to go buy a new dress for the party, but she does not just want the dress. She asks her friend Madame Forestier to borrow a diamond necklace.
  • Falling Action
  • "Yes, I've had some hard times since I saw you last; and many sorrows . . . and all on your account."
  • At the ball Madame Loisel has a great time, but soon after the party is over she realizes that her necklace that she had borrowed from Madame Forestier. Her and her husband decide to buy a replacement that cost more than they make, and it takes them ten years to pay it off
  • Resolution
  • "Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs! . . . "
  • After ten long years or hard work and many struggles, the couple pays off all their debts.
  • One day Mathilde is walking to the market and sees Madame Forestier, the lady that she borrowed the necklace from. She decides to tell her what happened.
  • Madame Forestier tells Mathilde that the necklace was not a real diamond. Madame Loisel had spent the past then years paying off a debt that she could have prevented.
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