I like this assignment because there is enough blame to go around for all of the main characters in "The Necklace." Madame Loisel's incredible self-centeredness, vanity and self-imposed unhappiness filled her with the unquenchable desire to make the ball the greatest evening of her life. Had she been happy just receiving the invitation and attending without all of the added luxuries, her life would not have turned out so badly afterward. Her husband's refusal to just say "no" to his wife's demands would have shown that he had a backbone and who wore the pants in the family. Again, their resulting financial problems would never have occurred had he just put his foot down. Madame Loisel deserves some of the blame as well, since she should have told Mathilde that the jewels were not actually diamonds instead of having her friend think that they were of great value. The Loisels could easily have repaid her for the "paste" instead of working for years to pay for the duplicated diamonds that they returned to her.