I should be entitled to vast living rooms furnished in rare old silks, elegant furniture loaded with priceless ornaments, and inviting smaller rooms, perfumed, made for afternoon chats with close friends - famous, sought after men, who all women envy and desire.
Man vs. Self-This scene portrays the conflict of man vs. self, where Mathilde is sitting in her kitchen and thinking about her mistaken destiny, where she was born into a family of clerks living in a poor household. However, Mathilde always feels like she was born to feel every delicacy of the world, be surrounded by luxurious riches… Believing that her destiny was mistaken, Mathilde suffers from envy feeling herself born into a woman of high status. This part of the short story reveals Mathilde’s inner conflict of man vs. self where she cannot agree and possibly understand why she was born into such a poor household.
Good morning, Jeanne
But - madame - I don't know. You must have made a mistake
Man vs. self This scene shows how Mathilde is facing an internal conflict not knowing whether to lie to her friend who let her borrow a necklace or just tell her the truth. When Mathilde loses her necklace at the ball she had attended with her husband, she is at such a desperate position that she decided to lie to her friend regarding the lost necklace. At that point, when Mathilde sees the missing necklace around her neck, she does not want to humiliate herself in front of her friend and therefore, decides to lie.
Man vs. Society: This scene portrays how Mathilde is facing an external conflict of man vs. society where her close friends do not recognize Mathilde 10 years since the ball. This is a man vs. society conflict since Mathilde is struggling with her recognition among her friends and the society she lives in.