The Necklace

The Necklace
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  • Mathlide's husband, Loisel, had come home from work one day with an invitation to the ball.
  • There is something for you!
  • Nothing. Only I have no gown, and I can't go to the ball. Give your card to some colleague who's wife is better equipped than I am.
  • What's the matter?
  • I don't know exactly, but I think I could manage with four hundred francs.
  • Come, let us see, Mathlide. How much would it cost for a suitable gown?
  • Exposition: In the beginning of the story, Mathlide dreams of being rich like her friends. She thinks about all of the luxuries that she deserves. One day, Mathlide's husband, Loisel, came home with a letter, inviting Mathlide to the ball.
  • I do not have any jewelry. There's nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich.
  • Why don't you ask your friend Madame Forestier to lend you some jewels.
  • What's the matter?
  • Mathlide had gone to Madame Forestier to borrow Jewels for the ball.
  • Will you lend me this and only this? 
  • Why, yes, certainly, my dear.
  • Mathlide was a great success at the ball. Many had wanted to dance with her and she was the prettiest woman present. . .
  • Conflict: Mathlide doesn't have jewelry or a dress for the ball. She goes to ask her friend for jewelry who gladly gives her a diamond necklace to borrow.
  • Rising Action: Mathlide and Loisel arrive at the ball and Mathlide is the most beautiful woman there. She hurries home with her husband for she didn't want other people to see the poor wrappings she wears.
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