The Necklace

THE NECKLACE 2

TheNecklace

TheNecklace

TheNecklaceis a short narration written by Guy de Maupassant. The authoraccounts about Matilda, a beautiful girl from a family of clerks, whowishes to have a luxurious life but could not afford it. She wasmarried to Loisel, a clerk of the Board of Education. One evening herspouse arrived home with an invitation from the Minister of PublicInstruction to attend a ball. She did not seem delighted andexplained that she had no dress for the occasion. Loisel was forcedto lend her four hundred francs to buy a new dress. As the day forthe ball approached, she claimed she had no jewel to wear around herneck. Her husband recalled Madame Forestier and suggested that shegoes and borrow one of her many necklaces. Matilda hastily went toher friend who offered her access to all her jewelry. She chose aparticular diamond necklace she liked. On the day of the big event,she was the most elegant and for once, she felt special. However, shelost the necklace on returning home with her husband. The couple wasenormously stressed, and all their efforts of finding the lostnecklace bore no fruit. Matilda’s husband was forced to borrowmoney from friends and neighbors to replace the lost expensivenecklace, which was forty thousand francs in total. Eventually, theymanaged to buy a new necklace and gave it to the owner. MadamForestier could not tell the difference. Matilda and her husbandworked for ten years to repay their debts and eventually clearedthem. Matilda was hardened in the process. One evening she cameacross Forestier and decided to tell her all that occurred the nightof the ball. That was the moment she found out that the necklace shehad borrowed was not a real diamond. Her wealthy friend had bought itwith less than five hundred francs.