Mathlide Losiel was naturally born a pretty woman. She is married to a little clerk in the ministry of Education. She suffered from the poorness of her house and had no clothes, no jewels, nothing. She did have a rich friend named Madame Forestier. That dinner all she thought about was how poor she was.
She's so beautiful!
One evening her husband came home with an exultant air, holding a large envelope in his hand. It was a invitation to the Ministry and Mathlide refused to go. Mathlide would only go if she had a dress and jewelry. Her husband bought her a dress and she went off to Madame Forestiers house for some jewelry.
I hate poverty!
Next day she went to see her friend and told her the trouble. Madame Forestier went to her dressing-table, took up a large box, brought it to Madame Loisel and told her to choose one. She chose in a black satin case, a superb diamond necklace which made her happy.
Who is that?
The necklace was a fake.
When Mathlide Losiel arrived at the party, she was a success. She was the prettiest woman present, elegant, graceful, smiling, and quite above herself with happiness. All the men stared at her, inquired her name, and asked to be introduced to her. Even the Minister noticed her.
Once the party was over Mathlide noticed she had lost the necklace and had no sight of it. Her husband looked for it all night but couldn't find it. They tried to find a replacement at stores but they didn't. Mathlide Losiel and her husband ended up repaying it for 10 years because of how expensive it was.
After those 10 years Mathlide Losiel looked old now. She had thoughts of that evening sometimes which made her sad. One Sunday, as she had gone for a walk when she caught sight suddenly of a woman who was taking a child out for a walk. It was Madame Forestier. They talked together and Madame Forestier said that the necklace was fake and cheap which got Mathlide surprised.