Madame Loisel, a French woman in the 1880s, dreams of a life of wealth and material popularity. She desperately craves a better social life.
OK OK I'LL go look for it--
Though she can dream, she was married into a family of middle class clerks. One night, her husband had gotten an invitation to a very popular and high-classed party from the ministry. She claims she has nothing to wear, no jewels, no evening gowns.
How long will it take to pay off this debt.. I wish I had never lost that necklace!!
Loisel had given his wife 400 francs that he had been saving up for a rifle, allowing her to purchase an extravagent evening gown for the night of the party. She also borrowed a diamond necklace from her friend, having no jewelry. She attended the party.
IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING!!
Madame Loisel had a wonderful time, though when her and her husband had returned home she discovered that she was no longer wearing the diamond necklace. They retrace their steps, having no luck finding the lost necklace.
I LOST THE NECKLACEEEE!!!
After giving up searching, they decide to sign for countless loans and borrowing money to buy a replacement. They finish, and her friend receives the necklace without even noticing a difference between the two necklaces. Though, the family of two was now in complete debt. This takes ten years to pay off, stripping them of their middle class rank.
After ten years of scrubbing her floors, washing dishes, and becoming a poor old woman, she had walked down a hill to retrieve water. While doing so, she runs into her friend. She claims that the necklace, in honesty, was not actual diamond: a necklace of paste that would only cost 40 francs at the most.