She was married off to a lowly clerk in the Ministry of Education, who can afford to provide her only with a modest though not uncomfortable lifestyle.
Plot[ edit ] Mme. Loisel has always imagined herself an aristocrat, despite being born into a lower-middle-class family which she describes as an "accident of fate".
She marries a low-paid clerk who tries his best to make her happy but has little to give. Through lots of begging at work, her husband is able to get an invitation for the both of them to the Ministry of Education party.
Mathilde refuses to go, for she has nothing to wear, and wishes not to be embarrassed. Her husband is upset to see her displeasure and, using all the money that he was saving to buy a hunting rifle, gives Mathilde francs to use. Mathilde buys a dress but is still unhappy because she lacks jewels to wear with it.
The couple do not have much money left, so her husband suggests that she should buy flowers to wear with it. After Mathilde disagrees, he suggests borrowing something from her friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier.
Mathilde borrows Madame Forestier's fanciest piece, a huge diamond necklace. After attending the party, Mathilde discovers that she has lost the necklace.
She tries to find a quick way to replace it. She goes to the Palais-Royal shop and finds a similar necklace for 40, francs but they could get it in 36, francs. For the next ten years, the couple sell everything they own, securing loans at high interest rates to pay for the necklace.
As the women are talking, Mathilde recounts the story of losing and replacing the necklace, and that it was because of Madame Forestier that she has lived so terribly the past ten years.
Horrified, Madame Forestier takes Mathilde's hands, explaining that her original necklace was a fake or "made of paste", and was worth nothing more than francs. Themes[ edit ] One of the themes within "The Necklace" is the dichotomy of reality vs.
Madame Loisel is beautiful on the outside, but inside she is discontented with her less-than-wealthy lifestyle. This reinforces the idea that wealth means happiness. Mathilde is gripped by a greed that contrasts with her husband's kind generosity.
She believes that material wealth will bring her joy, and her pride prevents her from admitting to Madame Forestier that she is not rich, and that she has lost the necklace she borrowed. Because of her pride and obsession with wealth, Mathilde loses years of her life and spends all of her savings on replacing the necklace, only to find out that the original necklace was a fake to begin with; a falsely wealthy appearance, just like Madame Loisel herself.
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