"Why darling, I thought you'd be pleased. You never go out, and this a great occasion."
"could you lend me this, just this alone?"
"Yes of course."
I...I...I've no longer got Madame Forestiers necklace..."
What! . . . Impossible!"
He stopped, stupefied and utterly at a loss when he saw that his wife was beginning to very. Two large tears rain down from the corners of her towards the corners of her mouth
"I'll go over all the ground we walked, "and see if i can't find it."
Suddenly she discovered, in the black satin case, a superb diamond necklace, her heart began to beat covetously. Her hands trembled as she lifted it. She fastened it around her neck, upon her high dress, and remained in ecstasy at sight of herself
"You must write to your friend, "and tell her that you've broken the clasp of her necklace and are getting it mended. That will give us time to look about us".
They searched in the folds of her dress, in the folds of the coat, in the pockets, everywhere. They could not find it.
"You remember the diamond necklace you lent me for the ball at the Ministry?"
"Well, I lost it."
"Oh, my poor Mathlide! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!..."
"How could you? Why, you brought it back".
He went to the police station, to the newspapers, to offer a reward, to the cab companies, everywhere that a ray of hope impelled him.
Losiel came home at night, his face lined and pale; he had discovered nothing.