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Only the most hard-hearted reader would not feel some sympathy for Madame Loisel when it is revealed in the final line of the story that the necklace she had lost was only paste. One can only wonder what Madame Forestier's response would have been had the story continued. Would she have agreed to pay her friend for the difference between the real diamonds and the fake? Would the Loisels then have been able to start over again with some sort of nest egg for the future? It is obvious that Madame Loisel's greedy need for attention and one night of expensive hobnobbing led to her predicament in the first place, but she and her husband certainly paid for their mistake with years of toil and overtime hours. Had she only been happy with the clothes she owned or even the dress her husband bought her instead of begging her old friend for further jeweled accessories, she and her husband would have still had their old lifestyle to fall back on. Instead, she went from being a princess for one night to a pauper.
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