Mathilde and her husband arrive home from the ball.
Oh no! The necklace is gone!
Where did you lose it? We need to find it!
Mathilde lost the necklace she borrowed from her friend.
Her husband searched all night for the necklace but it was never found. He arrived home that night empty handed that night, and many days after that. The necklace was never found.
We are never going to find it.
They stalled as long as they could. They had to replace the necklace. That day they bought a new necklace for $36,000 instead of telling her friend that she had lost the necklace.
Then we must replace it.
They used all of their life savings and took out loans that would take them 10 years to pay off. They had to moved into a smaller home and sell personal belongings to pay for basic necessities.
Ten years later
They lived the next ten years doing multiple jobs a day so they could pay off their loans. Ten years later they finally payed off everything they needed to. They looked old and tired after all these years of hard work.