"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."
What's the matter with you!?
The necklace is gone!!
"Suddenly she discovered , in a black satin case, a diamond necklace; her heart began to beat covetously. Her hands trembled as she lifted it. She fastened it round her neck, upon her high dress, and remained ecstasy at sight of herself."
Do you have this necklace!?
"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 took of the garments in which she had wrapped her shoulders, so as to see herself in all her glory before the mirror. But suddenly she uttered a cry. The necklace was no longer round her neck!"
"In a shop at the the Palais-Royal they found a string of diamonds which seemed to them exactly like the one they were looking for. It was worth forty thousand francs. They were allowed to have it for thirty-six thousand."
"You remember the diamond necklace you lent me for the ball at the ministry? "yes well?" "well i lost it." "how could you? why you brought it back." "i brought you another just like it. And for the past ten years we have been paying for it. You realise it wasn't easy for us; we had no money... well, it's paid for at last, and i'm glad indeed," "oh, my poor Mathilide! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!