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What is the summary of "The False Gems" by Maupassant?In 50 words

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Posted November 8, 2008 at 1:33 PM via web

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What is the summary of "The False Gems" by Maupassant?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 2:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Monsieur Lantin meets a young woman who he falls in love with and marries. She charms him and runs his household so well that they live as if they are "wealthy."  The two things he doesn't like are the fact that she likes the theater, and wears what he believes to be fake jewelry.  When she dies, he grieves and he also can not figure out how she kept them living so well on his salary.  He finds himself destitute and needs money.  He decides to try and sell her "false" jewelry only to find that it is worth a great deal of money.  It is worth so much that he can quit his job and still live well.  He doesn't want to think about where she got the money for the jewelry.  Once he is rich and quits his job he eventually remarries but this woman makes his life miserable.

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