"Her taste were simple becauseshe had never been able to affordn any other, but she was as unhappy as though ahe had married beneth her; for women have no castle or class, their beautiy, grace, and chatm serving them for birth or family, their nature delacy, their instinctive elegance, their nimbleness if will, arevtheir only mark of rank, and put the slum girl on a level with the highest lady in the land"
"One evening her husband came home with an exulart air, holding a large envelope in his hand. "here's something for you" he said. Swiftly she tore the paper and drew out a printed card on which were these words: "The Ministr of education and Madame Ramponneau requet the pleasure of the compay of Monsieur and Madam Louise at the Ministry on the evening on Monday, January the 18th""
"She took off the garments in which she had wrapped her shoulders, sobas to see herself in all her glory before the mirror. But suddenly she uttered a cry. The necklace was no longer around her neck."
"I brought you another one just like it. And for the last 10 years we have been paying it."