Madame Loisel desperately wants a better social life. Sadly, she was a poor woman who married a clerk.
Monsieur Loisel gets his wife an invitation to a party. But Madame Loisel doesn't have anything to wear, so she claims she cant go.
Madame Loisel bought a new dress, as well as borrowed a necklace from her friend, Madame Forestier.
When they get home, Madame Loisel realizes that the necklace is gone. So they retrace their steps. When they couldn't find it, they decided to buy one to replace it.
The Loisels spend the next ten years in debt and poverty.
Then one day while Madame Loisel was out, she saw Madame Forestier. Forestier could hardly tell it was Loisel. She started talking about the last decade, only for Madame Forestier to laugh and tell her the necklace was fake.