"The Necklace"by Guy de MaupassantIllustrated by Nicholas Johnson
Mathadile is doubting going to the party, and she doesn't want to go because she has nothing to wear to the ball.
But, my dear, I thought you would be pleased. You never go out, and it will be such a lovely occasion! I had awful trouble getting it. Everyone wants to go; it is very exclusive, and they're not giving many invitations to clerks. The whole ministry will be there.
Look here's something for you!
And what do you expect me to wear if I go?
What do you want me to do with that?
Remember the diamond necklace that you lent me to wear to the Ministry party?
The necklace I lent you, it was an imitation too.
Madame Loisel and her husband are dancing with each other at the Minister's party.
What's the matter?
You must write to your friend. tell her you have broken the clasp of her necklace and that you are having it mended. It will give us some more time to look some more.
What! how! That's impossible!
I have... I have... I no longer have Madame Forestier's necklace!
Madame Loisel has lost the necklace of madame foreister.
What would've happened if I had not lost that necklace? Who knows, who knows? How strange life is, how fickle! How little is needed for one to be ruined or saved!
Madame Loisel is washing the dishes and cleaning the house to repay the debts.
I bought you another that was exactly like it. And it has taken us over ten years to pay for it. It wasn't easy for us, we had very little. But, at last it is over, and I am very glad.
Madame Loisel sees her friend madame Foriester for the first time in 10 years.