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Exposition-At the beginning of the story, the woman, Mathilde, was bitter, because she was a lovely, charming lady that felt as she though she deserved better than all the simple things she had. She wished for jewels and beautiful gowns, she wished to live in a fancy castle with tapestries, but all she had was the simple house her husband was able to provide for her.
Rising Action- Her husband is very happy when he came home, because he was holding a very special invitation from the Ministry, where it said he he and Mathilde were invited to a big party at the Ministry that very few clerks of the Ministry were invited to. but instead of being happy, Mathilde is very upset-she has no fancy dress to wear to the party!So her husband agrees to give her 400 francs to buy a dress.
Rising Action #2-Now, Mathilde has a beautiful dress, but she has no beautiful jewels! So she goes to her friend, Madam Forestier, who lends her some diamonds, and she is very happy because she will no be the belle of the ball.
Climax- Mathilde is having a wonderful time at the party, until it is time to go home, and once she is home, she realizes something terrible- she has lost Madam Forestier's precious necklace! She remembered touching it at this Ministry, but now it was nowhere to be found! Her husband tells her that she must write to her friend and say that the clasp has broken so that they can spend time looking for it. After a while, they decide that they must replace the necklace.
Falling Action-Mathilde and her husband have to borrow lots of money from people to go and get a replacement necklace, and by the time they pay off all the debt they are living in poverty. It has been ten years and Mathilde is not at all the same lady she was at the night of the Ministry party.
Resolution-After ten years, Mathilde greets Madam Forestier in the street, and says hello to her, but Madam Forestier doesn't recognize her. Then Mathilde says it's her, and Madam Forestier exclaims how different she looks. Mathilde also says the reason she is like this is all on her debt, because she had to buy a replacement diamond necklace. Madam Forestier is very moved and surprised. Then she tells the innocent Mathilde, her necklace was an imitation! It was only 500 francs at the most!
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