Madame Loisel has always dreamed about being rich and having luxuries. But she is just a common person.
Madame Loisels husband brings home a letter stating that they are invited to an evening reception but Madame Loisel does not want to go because she has nothing to wear to an evening like that.
Madame Loisel is worried about how she will look around the other rich women because she no good clothes or jewelery to put on.
After buying a dress and borrowing a diamond necklace from her friend, Madame Loisel has a good night out. But even though she liked the way she looked, she kept comparing herself to the other women.
The necklace that Madame Loisel borrowed from her friend was missing. She looked everywhere for it and cannot find it. She decided to try to get one that looks almost like the original one.
After 10 years Madame Loisel finally payed off all her debts from the necklace. She decided to tell her friend the truth after all this time about what really happened to it. To her surprise Madame Loisel finds out that the necklace was not real and was not worth as much as she thought it did, and all her effort was for nothing.