"I don't know exactly, but I think I could do it on four hundred francs."
"What's the matter with you?"
"I...I...I've no longer got Madame Forestier's necklace..."
"Swiftly she tore the paper and drew out a printed card on which were these words:" "The minister of education and Madame Ramponneau request the pleasure of the company of Monsieur and Madame Loisel at the Ministry on the evening of Monday, January the 18th."
"I'll go over all the ground we walked"
"He grew slightly pale, for this was exactly the amount he had been saving for a gun"
"We must see about replacing the diamonds."
"They searched in the folds of her dress, in the folds of the coat, in the pockets, everywhere. They could not find it."
"You say you bought a diamond necklace to replace mine?"
"Yes. You hadn't noticed it? They were very much alike."
"Her husband returned about seven. He had found nothing." "He went to the police station, to the newspapers, to offer a reward, to the cab companies, everywhere that a ray of hope impelled him."
"Next day they took the box which had held the necklace and went to the jewelers whose name was inside. He consulted his books."
"And she smiled in proud and innocent happiness." "Madame Forestier, deeply moved, took her two hands. "Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs!...""