Madame Loisel dressed plainly because she could not afford fine clothes, but was as unhappy as a woman who has come down in the world; for women have no family rank or social class.With them, beauty, grace, and charm take the place of birth and breeding.
Her husband, Monsieur Loisel, got her an invitation to a party. She didn't have anything nice to wear to the party so she didn't want to go. That made her husband upset.
Monsieur Loisel went out and bought Madame Loisel a dress for the party. Then he went out and got a necklace from Madame Forestier so she could look the best in the whole party.
When Madame Loisel got back from the party, she realized that she didn't have Madame Forestiers necklace with her. She was really scared since she lost a necklace worth 500 francs.
Madame Loisel and her husband began working to get money to pay for a new necklace. They worked for 10 years to make up money for the lost necklace.
When Madame Loisel saw Madame Forestier after she gave the new necklace back, she told her that she lost her original necklace and bought a new one for 500 francs. Then Madame Forestier told Madame Loisel that the necklace was fake and it wasn't worth that much money.