The Necklace Work

The Necklace Work
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  • The Necklace by: Guy de Maupassant (Illustrated by Hunter Baker)
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  • My life is so horrible!  I have nothing luxurious yet that's what I was born to do, wear expensive clothing!  No one thinks me beautiful! 
  • Yes, of course.
  • Could you lend me this, just this alone?
  • The Title.
  • I . . . I . . . I've no longer got Madame Forestier's necklace. . . .
  • What! . . . Impossible!
  • Mme and M. Loisel are a very poor couple, though Mme really only loves expensive things.  She believes she was meant solely to have expensive things, which would compliment her looks and cause others to be more attracted to her.  Ironically, she has nothing expensive to her name. 
  • Why, thank you dear!
  • Here, Madame, I have your necklace.
  • One night, M. Loisel comes home with an invitation for him and Mme to eat at the Ministry of Education, but this did not please the wife because she had nothing expensive to wear.  As a result, her husband buys her a dress and suggests that she go see her friend for some expensive jewelry.  She finally decided to wear a diamond necklace and that alone.
  • Oh, my poor Mathilde! But mine was imitation. It was worth at the very most five hundred francs! . . . 
  • Yes. You hadn't noticed it? They were very much alike.
  • You say you bought a diamond necklace to replace mine?
  • After a wonderful dinner and dance at the Ministry of Education, the wife and husband leave the party dressed in their regular clothes.  They take an ugly carriage home and began to undress before Mme realizes she has lost her friend's diamond necklace.  They then spent the rest of the night looking for it but their efforts were in vain.
  • As a result of the necklace going completely missing, they decided to buy a new diamond necklace to replace it, without telling Mme's friend that they lost it.  It took a lot of effort from the husband to gain the thirty-six-thousand that the replacement necklace would cost.  Finally, the wife returned it to her friend, who had no idea that it was different.
  • After Mme and her husband gave her friend the replacement necklace, they were in a lot of debt, and would go on to spend ten years working to try to repay the debt.  One day, Mme went for a walk and recognized her friend, who didn't recognize her.  They then talked about how their lives had been before Mme finally mentions the necklace she had borrowed years ago, finally admitting that she lost it and bought a new one.  This is when Mme finds out that her friend's necklace was just a replica and had only costed a maximum of 500 francs.
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