The beginning of the story takes place in Paris, in the perspective of a middle-class woman named Mathilde who longs for a better life.One evening, her husband comes home with an invitation to a party. She's excited to go, but she's worried about what she should wear.
This should be enough for the new necklace.
Oh, I hope Jeanne doesn't notice any difference!
Ten years later...
After the party, when the couple returned home, the wife, Mathilde, realized that the necklace she borrowed from her friend, Jeanne, was missing.
Don't worry, Mathilde. Everything will be all right, now.
Loisel quickly went out in search for the necklace, but he couldn't find it anywhere.
You never noticed then that I replaced your necklace when I "returned" it? They were quite alike.
Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was only paste. Why, at most it was only worth 500 francs!
The couple had to work hard and go into dept in order to gain money enough to buy a new necklace to replace the lost one.
The struggles of the couple went on for ten years, until they finally managed to pay all their dept after they had found a substitute for the lost necklace.
After ten years passed, Mathilde spoke to her friend, Jeanne, and told her the whole story about the necklace she replaced, only to find out that the real necklace was only made of paste instead of real gems.