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“She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as if by an error of fate, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of becoming known, understood, loved or wedded by a man of wealth and distinction; and so she let herself be married to a minor official at the Ministry of Education.”
The book describes Madame Loisel as a charming and young woman who, seems to have been born upon an error due to the family she was born into. Loisel being born into a family of clerks. Loisel is described as having no expectations and had no means of being understood by any male of wealth or distinction. Loisel lets herself be married by a minor official at the ministry of education. This shows that Loisel seems misunderstood and complicated when compared to her family.
Loisel is given an invitation to a ministry of Education meeting which prompts her to tell her husband that she doesn’t have suitable clothes for the party. Loisel attempts to find a suitable necklace for the party which prompts her to go to her friend, Madame Forestier. Loisel is shown as impatient after being separated from sophisticated situations for so long. Loisel seeks the help of Forestier after being given the idea by her husband.
"No; there is nothing more humiliating than looking poor in the middle of a lot of rich women." "How stupid you are!" her husband cried. "Go and see your friend Madame Forestier and ask her to lend you some jewels. You know her well enough for that." She uttered a cry of joy. "Of course. I had not thought of that." The next day she went to her friend's house and told her of her distress.
Loisel spends a decade of her life attempting to pay off the debt that she claimed by losing the necklace owned by Forestier. Loisel appears to Forestier as an older woman after her debt has been paid, without Forestier’s knowledge. Loisel tells Forestier that she has finally paid off the debt she obtained all those years ago, Loisel stuck to her promise to take care of Forestier’s necklace even after losing it.
“Madame Loisel looked old now. She had become strong, hard and rough like all women of impoverished households. With hair half combed, with skirts awry, and reddened hands, she talked loudly as she washed the floor with great swishes of water. But sometimes, when her husband was at the office, she sat down near the window and thought of that evening at the ball so long ago, when she had been so beautiful and so admired.”
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