The Jewelry (or The False Gems) Questions and Answers
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Can anyone tell me the summary plot of "The Jewelry"?

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"The Jewelry," not to be confused with "The Necklace" by the same author, is a short story that deals with the themes of deceit, social expectations, marital roles, and love.

The setting of the story is nineteenth-century Paris, and the main character is Monsieur Lantin, a clerk with the Ministry of the Interior. 

The rising action takes place during a party. There, Monsieur Lantin meets his ideal woman. She is a girl that comes from a "poor and decent" family, and she is in Paris hoping to meet a potential husband. At first sight, the girl "seemed like the perfect example of the virtuous woman,"  featuring "simple beauty" and a beautiful smile. Monsieur Lantin falls madly in love with her and sees her as a prime choice for a wife. Shortly after he meets her, he proposes to her, and they get married. 

The marriage goes very well, and the only things that he finds to be peculiar about his wife are her fixation on buying imitation jewelry and her love for attending the theater. He isn't too...

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