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by Guy de Maupassant

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Do you think M. Loisel was content with his life before the ball took place in "The Necklace"?

In "The Necklace," Monsieur Loisel appears to be content with his life before the ball takes place which is revealed by his pleasant reaction to his evening meal, his genuine excitement over the invitation, and his willingness to please his superficial wife at all costs.

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One could argue that Monsieur Loisel was relatively content with his life before attending the ball and spending the next ten years paying back debts in order to replace Madame Forestier's diamond necklace.

Before attending the ball, Monsieur Loisel appears to be in good spirits, which is evident by his reaction to the beef stew. When Monsieur Loisel uncovers the soup tureen, he declares, "Ah, the good pot-au-feu! I don't know anything better than that." By examining Monsieur Loisel's joyful reaction, one can suggest that he is relatively content and fulfilled...

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