The Necklace

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  • Mathilde Loisel is “pretty and charming” but feels she has been born into a family of unfavorable economic status. She was married off to a lowly clerk. She aspires to the wealth and prestige of the upper classes, and is frustrated by her lower-middle-class husband and plain surroundings.
  • Her husband finagles an invitation to one of the wealthy parties Mathilde longs to attend, and when Mathilde refuses,getting angry saying she has nothing to wear, he helps her purchase an expensive dress.
  • When her husband bought her a very beautiful red gown Mathilde is still frustrated by her lack of jewelry, so Monsieur Loisel suggested that she borrow from her friend, Madame Forestier because he want her to attend the party and be happy.
  • She went to Madame Forestier to borrow some jewels. Luckily she agrees to lend Mathilde her jewels, and Mathilde selects a diamond necklace. She is overcome with gratitude at Madame Forestier’s generosity.
  • At the party, Mathilde is the most beautiful woman in attendance, and everyone notices her. She is intoxicated by the attention. As they went home shes saddened that the night has ended and covers her face, embarrassed, because her shawl is shabby. But afterward discovers the diamond necklace is lost. The couple spend their inheritance and take out loans to replace it.
  • After 10 years living in penury and debt that ruin Mathilde’s looks, Mathilde runs into Madame Forestier, to whom she confesses the whole story; Madame Forestier, deeply moved, tells her the necklace was a fake.
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