Madame Loisel is poor and doesn't own any jewelry. She longed to be sought after and be wildly attractive. Her and her husband are of a lower class and don't own much.
"She had no clothes, no jewels, nothing." "She suffered from the poorness of her house..."
"I'm utterly miserable at not having any jewels, not a single stone, to wear," she replied. "I shall look absolutely no one. I would almost rather not go to the party."
Indirect Characterization Madame Loisel
Madame Loisel is very vain and materialistic. She takes some things for granted, like the kindness of her husband. She fantasizes about being rich and eating extravagant meals in a beautiful home, and doesn't appreciate what she already has.
Madame Loisel's husband is very sweet. He doesn't look around and think he is in a bad place. He loves his wife, and gives up his things for her. He gave up all the money he was saving just so his wife can buy a new dress for an occasion that he had a lot of trouble getting an invitation to for her, that she didn't even praise him for. He thinks positively.
Indirect Characterization Husband
He saved all his money for a gun, but gave it all to her anyways to make her happy. "He grew slightly pale, for this was exactly the amount he had been saving for a gun..." "Nevertheless he said: "Very well."