The Necklace

The Necklace

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  • "She was one of those pretty, charming young women who are born, as if by an error of Fate, into a petty official's family"(373). She could never afford the luxuries of life, so she lived and dressed simply. She is constantly dreaming of how the riches and fame should have been hers. She was disappointed by the poverty she lived in and it caused he pain.
  • "Then one evening her husband arrived home looking triumphant and waving a large envelope" (374). She tore open the envelope eagerly, but was unimpressed by the letter inside. Her husband tried to make her feel very special by saying that only a few people get invitation. That only made her more agitated and frustrated.
  • Madame Loisel had decided that she was going to ask her friend, Madame Forestier, to borrow one of beautiful necklaces for the ball. "Could you lend me this one--just this and nothing else?"(376). Her friend was more than willing to allow her to use one of her most gorgeous necklaces for the night. Madame Loisel was more than grateful to her friend for this act of kindness.  
  • "She was the prettiest woman there--resplendent, graceful, beaming, and deliriously happy." She was intoxicated with happiness and felt like she was walking on air.  She had never been so happy, than she had that night. Madame Loisel was the Cinderella of her time and she was the center of attention from the moment she walked into the ballroom.
  • Once she had gotten home, she went straight to the mirror to get one more look at her beautiful self. Once she noticed the necklace was not around her neck, she devastatingly said, "We'll have to replace the necklace."(378). She got up the courage to tell her friend and in result of that conversation, the couple had to replace the expensive necklace, which started the long hard labor. 
  • After 10 years of hard labor she repaid her friend with a necklace that looked exactly like it. Her friend was confused and then shrieked and exclaimed, "Oh, my poor, poor Mathilde! Mine was false....", which meant that the couple had worked tirelessly for 10 years and lied to their friend for no reason. Madame Forestier was sad they had worked so hard and not told her the truth because she knew they had been struggling with money over they years.
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