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At the end of "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant, can anyone guess what will happen...

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angle007 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2010 at 1:24 AM via web

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At the end of "The Necklace," by Guy de Maupassant, can anyone guess what will happen next?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2010 at 1:30 AM (Answer #1)

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The way you answer this depends on whether you are a positive person or a negative one.  Do you think that Madame Loisel will experience a change or will she not?  There is no way to really know what will happen.

If you are optimistic, you can say that this whole thing will teach her a lesson.  She will learn that she should not care so much about material things and about her status.  She will learn to be happy with who and what she is.

If you are pessimistic, you will think that she will become bitter.  She will just be more angry at herself and at her husband because she is not able to enjoy a higher status.  She will make their life together a living hell.

So which kind of person are you -- which do you believe would happen to a woman like that in this situation?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 16, 2010 at 5:15 AM (Answer #2)

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In agreement with the previous post, I too wonder if her rich friend would at least find the money to pay Mdme Loiselle back for all that she did to replace the necklace. However, if the friend had chosen to have a necklace like that she could have bought it.

So, if her friend was also sort of pretending to be richer than what she was (after all, she seemed upset that Mdme. L did not bring the necklace back right away) then we can assume that the friend may not be in the position to replace such an expensive necklace either.

If you are a positive person, you would think that the two went and sold the necklace and split the money in half. If you are a bit negative you may want think that Loiselle left it at that, as a bad choice, and will create a bigger grudge against life while her friend is set home free.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 16, 2010 at 2:24 AM (Answer #3)

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I have always wondered if Madame Forestier would have taken pity on her friend and offered to pay her back for the extravagant necklace that replaced her paste copy. With that money, the Loisels could have immediately upgraded their status--gotten a new lodging in a better neighborhood, put some money in the bank, and bought some new clothes. Mathilde could have given up her life as a washer woman and returned to something more similar to what must have seemed like a life of leisure after the decade of hard work.

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