Mathidle Loisel was unhappy with her life and wanted some kind of change. It states, "She was one of those pretty , charming young women who are born, as if by an error of Fate, into a petty officials family" (pg 373). This says that she wants to live a more high class life and leave the middle class and that she feels she belongs there.
She at first is sad about the invitation to the ball but when she gets a new dress and necklace she is content. She goes to a old friend and borrows her necklace making her happy with going to the ball. It states, "She had no proper wardrobe, no jewels, nothing. And those were the only things that she loved" (pg 374).
Loisel has a amazing time at the ball and dances till four in the morning. She danced with many people and loves every bit of the event. It says, "All the minister's aids wanted to waltz with her. The minister himself noticed her" (pg 376).
It Was A fake!!!
Once loisel got back from the ball she noticed that her diamond necklace was gone. Her husband re-traces their steps and find nothing. After giving up, they decide they have to replace the necklace. "She turned toward him in a frenzy: 'The... the... necklace-it's gone". (pg 377).
In order to pay for the necklace, they have to borrow tons of money from friends and break into their inheritance. The necklace was 40,000 francs and they spent ten years working and paying everyone back. They have to fire their maid and Loisel has to now do all the chores and cook. "After ten years, they had made good on everything..." (pg 379).
Later after they pay everybody back, Loisel goes out and sees her friend that she had borrowed the necklace from and decides to tell her every thing that happened. Afterward, her friend gives her a look of unbelief and tells her that the necklace was a fake and only worth 500 francs. "Oh, my poor, poor Mathilde! Mine was false" (pg380)