Direct Characterization:Mathilde is unhappy because she is not wealthy enough to be ranked higher in society.
" She was distressed at the poverty of her dwelling, at the bareness of the walls, at the shabby chairs, the ugliness of the curtains. All those things, of which another woman of her rank would never even have been conscious, tortured her and made her angry" (De Mouspassant)
"She had a friend, a former schoolmate at the convent, who was rich, and whom she did not like to go to see any more because she felt so sad when she came home. "(De Mouspassant)
Direct Characterization: Mathilde is upset because her friend is much more wealthy.
Direct Characterization: Mathilde is irritated because she has no jewelry for the ball.
"It annoys me not to have a single piece of jewelry, not a single ornament, nothing to put on. I shall look poverty stricken. I would almost rather not go at all." (De Mouspassant)
Indirect Characterization: Her husband is disappointed he will not be able to buy the gun he wanted because he had to buy a dress.
"He grew a little pale, because he was laying aside just that amount to buy a gun and treat himself to a little shooting next summer on the plain of Nanterre, with several friends who went to shoot larks there of a Sunday."(De Mouspassant)
"She danced with rapture, with passion, intoxicated by pleasure, forgetting all in the triumph of her beauty, in the glory of her success" (De Mouspassant)
Indirect Characterization: Mathilde is having a good time at the ball.
"I have—I have—I've lost Madame Forestier's necklace," she cried. " (De Mouspassant)
Indirect Characterization: Mathilde is worried because she lost the necklace out of nowhere.