The climax occurs at the end of the story, when Madame Forestier
tells Mathilde that the lost necklace was actually a
Here is the exchange between the two women:
You say that you bought a necklace of diamonds to replace
"Yes. You never noticed it, then!
They were very similar."
And she smiled with a joy that was at
once proud and ingenuous.
Madame Forestier, deeply moved, took
"Oh, my poor Mathilde! Why, my
necklace was paste! It was worth at most only five hundred