Georges Rampouneau request the pleasure of M. and Mme. Loisel's company at the Ministry on the evening of Monday January 18th. Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she threw the invitation on the table resentfully, and muttered:
What do you want me to do with that?
But my dear I thought you would be pleased. You never go out and it will be such a lovely occasion
Suddenly she discovered, in a black satin box, a superb diamond necklace
How stupid you are!" her husband cried. "Go and see your friend Madame Forestier and ask her to lend you some jewels.
"Choose, my dear."
The day of the party arrived. Madame Loisel was a success. She was prettier than all the other women, elegant, gracious, smiling, and full of joy
In front of the mirror, she took off the clothes around her shoulders, taking a final look at herself in all her glory. But suddenly she uttered a cry. She no longer had the necklace round her neck!
"I have ... I have ... I no longer have Madame Forestier's necklace
What is the matter?" asked her husband
"Well, I lost it." "I brought you back another exactly like it. And it has taken us ten years to pay for it. It wasn't easy for us, we had very little. But at last it is over, and I am very glad.
You remember that diamond necklace that you lent me to wear to the Ministry party?
"Yes. Well?"What do you mean? You brought it back."
"Oh, my poor Mathilde! Mine was an imitation! It was worth five hundred francs at most! ..."