Madame Loisel is unhappy with her lot in life. She lives comfortably well as the wife of a public clerk, but she constantly wants more grandeur in her life. She always felt that she should have been born into an aristocratic and wealthy family. That way she could have beautiful clothing, fancy furniture, and could attend the most important social events. She feels entitled to the finer things in life, but due to her middle-class status, these things are forever out of her reach. Every time she encounters a reminder that some people live more glamorous lives than her, Madame Loisel enters a deep depression that lasts for days. She wants other people to envy her, but she knows that few people of means are jealous of the wife of a bureaucrat. In short, wanting a life she could not have with all its luxuries instead of being satisfied with the comfortable life she already has fills Madame Loisel with constant unhappiness.