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How can I paraphrase this paragraph from "The Necklace"?"She was one of those pretty...

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destinylashea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 22, 2011 at 5:01 AM via web

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How can I paraphrase this paragraph from "The Necklace"?

"She was one of those pretty and charming girls, born as if by an accident of fate into a family of clerks. With no dowry, no prospects, no way of any kind of being met, understood, loved, and married by a man both prosperous and famous., she was finally married to a minor clerk.


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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Mademoiselle Mathilde Loisel was fair of face and lovely of disposition, just the type of girl who should have been the belle of the ball, the choice of all the most agreeable young bachelors. Alas, however - cruel fate intervened and caused her to be born the daughter of a head clerk, one of many clerks in the family. Because of her station in life as the daughter in a poor struggling family with no dowry to her name, she had no hope of ever meeting, knowing, loving, and marrying some famous, handsome and rich gentleman who would carry her off to live with him forever. Her only possibility lay in accepting the marriage arranged by her parents to a man of their choosing - an assistant clerk who hoped someday to become the head clerk, as was her father.

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thelovelygirlygirl | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 22, 2011 at 6:28 AM (Answer #2)

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This paragraph is from Guy de Maupassant's famous story "The Necklace" (La Parure - French).

Paraphrase for this para. -

Madame Mathilde Loisel was a young & charming girl, who felt that she was destined to be married to a rich & prosperous man. Unfortunately, she was born in a poor family of clerks. Due to no connections and dowry, she had to marry a poor clerk, quite the opposite of what she had wanted.

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