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How does the phrase "All was ended, for her," foreshadow what is about to happen? What is the verbal irony in that phrase?

The phrase foreshadows that Mathilde is about to return home and find that Mme. Forestier's necklace has gone missing, effectively ending her hopes of ascending in social rank. The verbal irony of the phrase comes from the fact that not everything is ended for her at that moment. She is just leaving a party and doesn't yet know that the expensive jewelry is gone.

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Verbal irony takes place when words express the opposite of what they're supposed to mean. It's most often used in expressions of sarcasm, such as when you say to someone "Oh, well done, that was really great!" after they've done something unbelievably stupid.

The above line from "The Necklace " can be seen as an example of verbal irony in that it doesn't really mean that all has ended for Madame Loisel. When we say that "all has ended," we tend...

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