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"The Necklace" is widely considered Maupassant's best short story and also widely considered one of the best short stories ever written. What is truly remarkable about this story is its verisimilitude, its credibility, the feeling that this incident really happened. Even after all the time has passed since the necklace was lost by the unfortunate Mme. Loisel, we still feel the pain of her loss. It is like the loss of her beauty. We wish it hadn't happened. We know, of course, that it is a story, that it didn't happen in reality--and yet we wish that it hadn't happened to these young people who were just getting started out in life. Life can be cruel and indifferent.
We know how she feels when her husband goes back over the route they have taken since they left the party. We understand how she is hoping against hope that he will find the lost necklace--but what chance does he have of finding a diamond necklace at night in a big city? Who could over look diamong necklace laying there on the pavement? Most of us have lost valuable things and never fouond them. We identify with these two people. They are no different from most of us. If Mme. Loisel is young and pretty, she wants to be admired. If M. Loisel has a beautiful wife, he loves her and wants to please her.
Maupassant was a great writer. He uses his remarkable powers to make us believe in his story. We wish we could help these people. We wish we could go back in time and find the necklace--or at least warn them that it is a fake. We shouldn't judge them. They are ourselves.
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