A woman who lived in Paris, France in the late 1800s was not content with her middle-class lifestyle. One day her husband came home with two tickets to a big event his boss had put tohether, however, she was afraid the she would not look good enough to attend.
So that she would be on the sale level as the other women at the party Madame Loisel borrows a diamond necklace from a wealthy friend. She would rather do anything she could to not look middle-class, she believes that doing so would make her ashamed of herself
At the ball Madame Loisel is the center of attention, everyone loves the way she looks and she feels amazing. She loses the necklace after they leave the ball so her and her husband decide to buy an identical one with money they didn't have.
After ten years of the hardest work in their lives, they finally pay off their debts. They don't want to be ashamed about losing the necklace so they payed for it and worked off the debt.
One day while walking to the market, Madame Loisel bumps into the woman who she borrowed the necklace from. She decides the tell her the story of what happened and what they had to do to fix their situation.
She explains how she had lost the necklace and had to work off the debt, and then her friend tells her that the necklace was a fake. I think this is a direct representation of Madame Loisel and he husbands honor, however, it could mean that they would rather work it off than be asahamed of them selves