Mathilde Loisel a young nice looking woman but not born into a rich family. "She had no dowry, no hopes, not the slightest chance of being appreciated, understood, loved, and married by a rich anddistinguished man". However she had gotten into a marriagewith a minor civil servant. (373)
Mathilde Loisels husband had handed her a inviation and with her annoyance she had refused to go. Her reasoning was that “I haven’t a thing to wear. How could I go?”. He gave her 400 francs to buy herself a nice dress to goto the ball. (375)
The husband had convinced Mathilde to visit her friend and ask her to borrow a piece of jewerly. As she was in Madame's home she had shown her jewel case and told her to pick out anyone. with her saying “Take your pick, my dear.” (376) She was extremely greatful giving her a hug around her neck and left off.
Rising Action #2
Mathilde had appeared as one of the prettiest women there in the whole party. She had partyed and dance all night. By the time she left it was 4 am and she was wit her husband relaizing the necklace she borrowed was gone. "“The . . . the . . . necklace—it’s gone.” (377)
Mathhilde attempts to find the lost necklace and by the end of the week she accepts the fact that she must pay a lot of money to pay back her friend. Lossiel says “You must write to your friend,” he said, “and tell her that you’vebroken the clasp of the necklace and that you’re getting it mended.That’ll give us time to decide what to do.” (378) They buy the necklace for 36000 francs and half of it is borrowed. They had lived in poverty and worked long hours daily for the next 10 years.
Mathilde had worked 10 hard years to pay back for the necklace she had lost that night. However one day she met her friend in the market. She had told her the truth and had a surprising touch to it. “Oh, my poor, poor Mathilde! Mine was false. It was worth five hundred francs at the most!” (380). Meaning she had spent time that she didn't need to.