"Why did I marry such a poor man? I could have married someone rich, and have the ability to buy whatever I want...whenever I want..."
"It is useless! I have nothing nice to wear for an event like this!"
My dear, what is the matter? I thought you would be more happy?
"Really? OH darling, I promise I won't let you down! Thank you!"
"Here's 400 frances, but with this amount of money, make sure to buy something nice."
"Mathilde Loisel is “pretty and charming” but feels she has been born into a family of unfavorable economic status. She was married off to a lowly clerk in the Ministry of Education, who can afford to provide her only with a modest though not uncomfortable lifestyle. Mathilde feels the burden of her poverty intensely. She regrets her lot in life and spends endless hours imagining a more extravagant existence."
"One night, her husband returns home proudly bearing an invitation to a formal party hosted by the Ministry of Education. He hopes that Mathilde will be thrilled with the chance to attend an event of this sort, but she is instantly angry and begins to cry."
"Her husband is upset by her reaction and asks how much a suitable dress would cost. She thinks about it carefully and tells him that 400 francs would be enough. Her husband quietly balks at the sum but agrees that she may have the money."