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  • Exposition
  • "She dressed plainly because she could not afford fine clothes, but she was as unhappy as a woman who has come down in the world; for women have no family rank or social class" (Maupassant 351).
  • Conflict
  • "Mme. Forestier went toward a large closet with mirrored doors, took out a large jewel box, brought it over, opened it, and said to Mme. Loisel, “Pick something out, my dear”(Maupassant 353).
  • Rising Action
  • "The day of the party arrived. Mme. Loisel was a sensation" (Maupassant 355).
  • In Paris, France late 1880's Mme Loisel, a middle class women, hopes to be in the upper class. When her husband gets tickets to a reception she is worried she won't fit in.
  • Climax
  • Mme Loisel does not have enough money as she wishes. So, her husband gives her money for a dress, but she is not pleased with just a dress. Then she asks her wealthy friend to borrow a necklace.
  • Falling Action
  • “You lost it! But you returned it.” “I brought you another just like it"(Maupassant 358).
  • At the reception everyone loves Mme Loisel. When suddenly she realizes her necklace is gone. Her and her husband spend days searching, but they can't find it. They end up buying a replacement one for more than they can afford. It takes them years to pay it off.
  • Resolution
  • “Oh, my poor Mathilde. But mine was fake. Why, at most it was worth only five hundred francs!”(Maupassant 358).
  • After years of putting money into the necklace it is finally payed off.
  • "Finally, all was paid back, everything including the exorbitant rates of the loan sharks..."(Maupassant 357).
  • One day Mme Loisel was walking on the Champs Élysées and ran into Mme Forestier, who she borrowed the necklace from, and told her what happened with the necklace.
  • Mme Forestier told Mme Loisel that the necklace was fake.
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