What! ... Impossible! I'll search the ground we walked. If I can't find it, I'll go to the police station, to the newspapers, and to the cab companies.
By the end of the week...
We must see about replacing the diamonds. Let's see the jeweller's name engraved in the box of the necklace.
At Madame Forestier's...
Here's your necklace. Sorry for the late return.
You ought to have brought it back sooner; I might have needed it.
That night, I didn't want to do anything. I felt weak, so I just remained in my evening clothes and huddled on a chair. The necklace was not retrieved. We need time to look for it, so I wrote to Madame Forestier explaining that the clasp of the necklace broke, and we are fixing it. I don't know WHAT will happen if Madame Forestier finds out about this.
After the purchase ...
We still haven't found it. We decided to buy a new necklace. The jeweller written down only supplied the clasp, so we needed to look for other jewellers. Finally, we found a necklace that looked exactly the same at Palais-Royal, which cost 36,000 francs.
10 Years Later, along the Champs-Elysees ...
Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!
Oh! ... my poor Mathilde, how you have changed!
Good morning, Jeanne. It's me, Mathilde.
Remember when I returned your diamond necklace? I bought it.
My husband, Loisel, possessed 18000 francs from his father. He borrowed the rest, and finally paid for the necklace. When I returned it, I was scared about Madame Forestier noticing the substitution.
This is how it feels like to be abjectly poor. We dismissed our servant, we changed our flat, we fought for money, and I had to do the duties around the house. It was arduous. Someone like me shouldn't need to deal with this lifestyle.
Everything was finally paid off, but the necklace actually costed 500 francs. How unfortunate. I don't look beautiful and admired anymore. If this never happened, I wonder if I could have been rich! I should have been honest, but I didn't want to look foolish...