Necklace Story

Necklace Story
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  • The main character Mathilde has suffered endlessly from the poorness of her house, from its mean walls, worn chairs, and ugly curtains, and she constantly compares herself to the wealthier woman who she says would taunt her because of where she lives. “She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury.”
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  • She receives an invitation from her husband to the local ball run by the Minister, and because she thinks she wouldn't be able to dress appropriately because of her wealth, she declines but her husband convinces her to go with 400 francs. “"Nothing. Only I haven't a dress and so I can't go to this party. Give your invitation to some friend of yours whose wife will be turned out better than I shall."”
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  • After she gets her dress she complains she has no jewels and she wouldn't fit in, so she goes to her friend Madame Forestier, and she finds an exquisite diamond necklace and she borrows it. “"I'm utterly miserable at not having any jewels, not a single stone, to wear," she replied. "I shall look absolutely no one. I would almost rather not go to the party."”
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  • Because she's described as the prettiest woman present, elegant, graceful, smiling, and quite above herself with happiness, she dances madly and ecstatically, drunk with pleasure, and was sad once she had to leave. “She danced madly, ecstatically, drunk with pleasure, with no thought for anything, in the triumph of her beauty, in the pride of her success, in a cloud of happiness made up of this universal homage and admiration, of the desires she had aroused, of the completeness of a victory so dear to her feminine heart.”
  • She hurried out afraid to get seen with her normal clothes and once she gets home and realizes the necklace is gone, she searches ecstatically around the house and everywhere they've been, upset because she's lost one of Madame Forestier's best and most expensive jewels. “"I . . . I . . . I've no longer got Madame Forestier's necklace. . . ."”
  • Not being able to find it, they decide to pay for a new one and It takes them 10 years to finally pay back for everything, Mathilde decides to go back to her friend and say what happened and surprisingly Madame Forestier tells her she payed less than half of what Mathilde paid for the necklace because it was a fake. “Madame Forestier, deeply moved, took her two hands. "Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!...”
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