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  • What a stunning necklace.
  • Set in Paris, France in 1880. A young middle-class woman dreams of a life style far beyond her reach. One day her husband comes home with tickets to attend a very affluent party, and she is excited to visit, however, she is upset that she will look dowdy.​
  • Mathilde Loisel is not wealthy yet she dreams to be. After being invited to a ball, she is given money from her husband to buy. However, she is still not satisfied until she decides to ask a wealthy friend to borrow a necklace. ​
  • My life has been horrible because of that necklace I borrowed 10 years ago....
  • At the ball Mme. Loisel is a hit. However, she reaches for the necklace and finds it missing. Since they can't find it, she and her husband decide to replace it with a one that looks identical. But, it cost more money than they make, and it takes them ten years to pay it off.​
  • Oh, dear. My friend that necklace was false!
  • After hard work and struggling for ten years, the couple pays off all their debts. ​
  • One day Mathilde is walking in the market and sees her friend that she borrowed the necklace from​ and decided to tell her what happened.
  • The friend of ​Mme. Forestier responds by telling Mathilde that the necklace was “false” or fake. The reader is left contemplating the extreme irony of the situation. As well as feeling extreme upset with the protagonist for her vanity and pride which cost her ten years of her life.
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