Mathilde is a middle class women who thinks she deserves more than she has.
I deserve a better life than I have. I deserve riches and wealth.
Mathilde's husband brought home an invitation to a big event. Mathilde should have been excited but she didn't have anything to wear. She begged her husband for a new dress and he agreed.
I can't go! I have nothing to wear! I don't want to be judge by all the other fancy women.
I got us a invite to the Ministry of Education event. It was very hard to get.
Madame Forestier is a wealthy women Mathilde is friends with.
I need jewels to wear. I can't show up without any.
Go see Madame Forestier. She could have some jewelry.
Mathilde went to see Madam Forestier and borrowed a necklace. She wears it to the event and catches the eye of everyone there. She has the best time and she finally feels content.
This is beautiful! I want this one!
You can look through my jewelry and can borrow anyone you want
On her way home she lost the necklace. Her and her husband tried to find it but had no luck. They both decide that they need to buy a new one. Her husband borrows money from people and goes into debt just to afford a new necklace.
My necklace! I lost it!
Mathilde and her husband spent 10 years working to pay off their debt. Mathilde ran into Madam Forestier and admitted the truth about the necklace.
Do you remember the necklace I borrowed? It was a replacement. I lost the original. I spent 36,000 francs on it.
That necklace was a fake. I only spent 500 francs on it!