She is sitting at the table with her husband imagining what it would be like to be rich, and have nice things. ¨she imagined delicate meals, gleaming silver, tapestries peopling the walls with folk of the past age¨.
Her husband gives her the invitation, she starts complaining that she can't go because she doesn't have nice dresses and jewelry like the other women at the party. ¨And what do you suppose i wear to such an affair¨, only i have not had a dress so i can't go to the party¨.
Her and her husband buy the dress and she borrows an expensive diamond necklace from a friend. ¨Very well i´ll give you four hundred francs¨, ¨A suburb diamond necklace-she fastened it around her neck¨.
They arrive and she is giving a lot of attention because of what she is wearing, but loses the necklace. ¨All the under-secretaries of state where eager to dance with her, even the Minister noticed her¨.
She cant tell her friend she lost it so they have to take loans out to pay for a new one, and they go into 10 years of debt trying to pay it off ¨At the end of 10 years everything was paid off¨.
At the end she runs into Madame Forester and finds out the necklace she borrowed was a fake and they spent thousands of dollars to pay for a real one. ¨But mine was imitation, it was worth at the most 5 hundred Frances¨.