"She was born into a family of clerks, no dowery, no expectaions, no way of being married to a wealthy man."
Rising Action I
"What do you expect me to do with this?"
Rising Action II
"Will you lend me this and only this?"
Mathilde Loisel is a middle class woman who yearns and believes she deserves a wealthier life. She was born into a middle class family and had no chance of becoming anyone more than that.
"We must consider how to replace the necklace"
One day, Mathilde's humble husband brings her an invitation to one of the most prestigious balls. However, Mathilde tosses the letter aside in anger about how she had nothing to wear to the ball, despite his hard work to get it.
Madame Loisel looked old now. She had become the woman of impoverished households--strong and hard and rough. With frowsy hair, skirts askew and red hands
Mathilde gets her nice dress and visits her friend for some fancy jewelry. Madame Forestier agrees to let her borrow an expensive looking diamond necklace.
"My poor Mathilde, that necklace was a fake, it was worth at most only 5,000 francs!"
Mathilde ends up losing the diamond necklace after the ball , her husband attempts to find the neckalce but never finds it. Her husband decides that they must buy a new necklace and borrows money to do so.
After years of paying off the large amounts of debt they are in, they are finally able to pay off the money. But by then, Mathilde is now a lower class working woman who as aged rapidly and become bitter.
One day, Mathilde spots her old friend in the street and quickly confronts her. After a short reunion Mathulde accuses madame Forestier of ruining her life but then finds out the necklace was a fake.