The Necklace

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  • Mathilde Loisel, a lower-class woman, gets invited to a fancy party. She borrows a diamond necklace from her friend. She then loses the necklace. She and her husband go into debt to replace it. 10 years later they find out the necklace they lost was fake.
  • Exposition
  • "She grieved over the shabbiness of her apartment... the ugliness of the draperies" (Maupassant 351).
  • Conflict
  • "Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she scornfully tossed the invitation on the table, murmuring, “What good is that to me?” (Maupassant 352)
  • Rising Action
  • "All the men turned to look at her, asked who she was, begged to be introduced. All the Cabinet officials wanted to waltz with her. The minister took notice of her." (Maupassant 355).
  • Mme. Loisel is very unhappy about her social status.
  • Climax
  • "Suddenly she gave a cry. The necklace was gone." (Maupassant 355).
  • Her husband gets them an invitation to a high class party, but she doesn't want to go because she doesn't have a nice dress or any jewelry.
  • Falling Action
  • She borrows her friend, Mme. Forestier's, necklace, and has a wonderful time at the party feeling like she is rich and in a high social class.
  • Resolution
  • “Oh, my poor Mathilde. But mine was fake. Why, at most it was worth only five hundred francs!” (Maupassant 358).
  • When she and her husband get home they realize that the necklace is missing.
  • Unable to find the necklace, they spend the next ten years of their life working and trying to pay off their debt after buying a new necklace and returning it to Mme. Forestier.
  • "She dismissed her maid; they rented a garret under the eaves... And this went on for ten years...Mme. Loisel appeared an old woman now. She became heavy, rough, harsh, like one of the poor. (Maupassant 357).
  • After all their debt is payed off, Mme. Loisel sees Mme. Forestier walking. She decides to tell her what really happened to the necklace. Mme. Forestier then tells her that the necklace that she had borrowed for the dance was fake.
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