I don't have a dress and I'm not wearing my theater one.
Honey! I brought you an invitation to a ball! Thought you'd like to go.
Can I borrow a Necklace for a Ball my Husband wants to take me to?!
Of course, you can! Just bring it back.
Her husband brings home an invitation to a ball. Mathilde complains that she has nothing suitable to wear to such an extravagant occasion. He suggests that perhaps she could borrow something from her friend Jeanne Forestier.
Mathilde goes to Jeanne's house and picks out a sparkling diamond necklace to borrow.
We are in debt for the next ten years...
She and her husband attend the gala and have a fabulous time. She dances all night. Finally, they head home in early in the morning. When they arrive home, Mathilde realizes that the necklace is missing.
Mathilde writes to her friend that she broke the clasp and is having it repaired.
They find another necklace that matches the missing one, but it costs thirty-six thousand francs. After buying the replacement, they are in debt and must both work to pay it off.
After the ten years, the money is all paid back. One day she sees Jeanne Forestier on the street. She decides to tell her the truth about the necklace. Shocked, Jeanne confesses that the necklace Mathilde borrowed was a fake, made of paste, worth five hundred francs.