Being a woman with "no dowry, hopes, understood, loved, appreciated" Mathilde was unable to afford jewelry she dressed simply. She constantly suffered and felt that life and very luxury should have been hers. The walls in her house were shabby the furniture was worn out and ugly.
Her husband had come home with a big envelope she was curious about it and opened it. She was invited to this fancy party, she was very annoyed. Her husband was confused until she said, "I haven't a thing to wear, How could I go?"
She was very down, she said "I hate not having a single jewel, not one stone, to wear. I shall look so dowdy. I'd almost rather not go." Her husband had offered for her to wear flowers she said no. She then went to her friend Madame Forestier to borrow a jewel.
Her friend had loaned her a diamond necklace. She was the prettiest person at the party everyone wanted to dance with her. She was walking home and she said "The... the... necklace-it's gone."
Her husband said, "I'm going to retrace the whole distance we covered on foot." They couldn't find it. They went to the police station and the newspaper. She had to write a note to her friend saying that she had lost the necklace.
"well have to replace the necklace," they said. The necklace cost 34,000 francs.