The story takes places in Paris. In the story we first get introduce to Mathilde Loisel. She is a beautiful and charming woman but she is always complaining that she is not rich and that she dose't have any jewelry or nice clothes to wear
Her husband gives gives her a letter that says there invited to the ministry. Instead of Mathilde being exited she is angry because she has nothing to wear. Her husband had been saving up to buy guns to go on a trip with friends but he instead he gives her the money so she can by herself a beautiful dress to wear.
Th days get closer to the ministry but Mathilde husband found his wife unhappy. When he asked why she looked unhappy she said she had no jewelry to wear. He told her to ask her friend to let her borrow a piece of jewelry and that's what she did. When looking through her friends jewelry she found a diamond necklace