Mme. Loisel often lamented on her ordinary life. She wished to be seen and known by the wealthy important people. Proudly, her husband presented her with an invitation to a party hosted by the Minister of Education. He proudly explains how they will be mixing with all the truly elite. He is surprised when she throws the invitation to the floor. He thought he was fulfilling her wish to socialize. Yet, for her, it would be embarrassing that she did not have the appropriate dress and jewels that seem to define women of the upper class.