Mathilde Loisel feels that she was born into the wrong class of society. She feels that she deserves better. She is introduced to the story as a lower class person married to another lower class guy. She wants to have better things and be upper class, but that was not her up bringing. "Unable to afford jewelry, she dressed simply" (373)
Mathilde Loisel's husband brought her home an invitation to a fancy ball. He thought it would make her happy, but instead she was disappointed. She was upset that she didn't have anything nice to wear to the party. ïnstead of her being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she tossed the invitation on the table and muttered annoyed"(374).
Mathilde Loisel informs her husband that she has no dress to wear and tells her that she can go buy one and gives her a budget of 400 dollars. She decides she also needs a necklace and borrows one from her rich friend, Madame Forestier. " I have not one single jewel, not one to wear. I shall look so dowdy "(275).
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Mathilde Loisel goes to the ball and is the highlight of the night. She looks amazing and feels great. When she got home she goes to admire herself in the mirror and notices the necklace is missing. "The ...the...necklace-It's gone"(377).
They looked everywhere for the necklace, but could not find it. Eventually, they both decided they would have to replace the necklace with a replica. They found a necklace that was exactly like the one she had lost. They worked for 10 years to pay for the 36,00 dollar debt. "After 10 years they made good on everything, including the usurious rates and the compound interest"(379).
One day Mathilde Loisel was going for a walk and saw Madame Forestier taking her son on a walk. She went up to her and explained the whole story about how she lost the necklace but replaced it. Madame Forestier was suprised and told her the original necklace wasn't more than 500 dollars. " Oh my poor, poor Mathilde , it was 500 dollars at the most!" (380)