Madame Loisel is a middle class Woman in around the 1860's
This is why we don't have nice things!
Madame Loisel wants to be a upper class woman with plenty of jewls and exotic items.
Madame Loisel buys a dress and borrows her friends necklace for a party
Oh really now...
Oh that necklace was only paste. About 500 francs.
Madame Loisel looses her friends necklace at the party and has to go back and retrace her steps to find it without any luck.
Madame Loisel does not want to tell her friend she lost the necklace, so she goes out and spends 36,000 francs on a new one. Then she spends the next 10 years in debt, living in the lowest social class.
Why oh why am I still here after 9 years.
Madame Loisel and her husband lay off the maid, and her husband works double time. Then she stays home and does all the house work until they are not in debt. Then they figure out the necklace was only worth 500 francs