The Necklace Part 1

The Necklace Part 1

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  • She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as if by an error of fate, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of becoming known, understood, loved.
  • Why can't I have nice things like jewels and gowns? 
  • She dressed plainly because she had never been able to afford anything better, but she was as unhappy as if she had once been wealthy. She suffered endlessly, feeling she was entitled to all the delicacies and luxuries of life. She suffered because of the poorness of her house as she looked at the dirty walls, the worn-out chairs and the ugly curtains.
  • One evening her husband came home with an air of triumph, holding a large envelope in his hand.
  • Nothing. Only I have no dress and so I can't go to this party. Give your invitation to a friend whose wife has better clothes than I do.
  • A letter? "The Minister of Education and Mme. Georges Rampouneau request the pleasure of M. and Mme. Loisel's company at the Ministry, on the evening of Monday January 18th."
  • Look, here's something for you.
  • What do you want me to do with that?
  • Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she threw the invitation on the table resentfully.
  • But, my dear, I thought you would be pleased. You never go out, and it will be such a lovely occasion! I had awful trouble getting it. Every one wants to go; it is very exclusive, and they're not giving many invitations to clerks.
  • And what do you expect me to wear if I go?
  • Why, the dress you go to the theatre in. It seems very nice to me ...
  • He stopped, stunned, distressed to see his wife crying. Two large tears ran slowly from the corners of her eyes towards the corners of her mouth.
  • I think I could do it with four hundred francs.
  •  How much would a suitable dress cost, one which you could use again on other occasions, something very simple?
  • What's the matter? What's the matter?
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