Mathilde and clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction. Mathilde was one of those pretty and charming young creatures whosometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry,, no expectations, no way of being known, understood, loved, married by any rich and distinguished man; so she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.
Mathilde suffered ceaselessly, feeling herselfborn to enjoy all delicacies and all luxuries. She had no gowns, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that. She felt made for that. She would have liked so much to please, to be envied, to be charming, to be sought after.
The Minister of Public Instruction and Madame Georges Ramponneaurequest the honor of M. and Madame Loisel’s companyat the palace of the Ministry on Monday evening, January 18th.