In "The Necklace," if Mme. Loisel didn't lose the necklace, what would happen?

In Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace," had Madame Loisel not lost the necklace, she would have continued to be the vain, selfish, unfulfilled person she always was. Losing the necklace teaches her to be humble and not to wish for more.

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In Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel is depicted as an extremely superficial, materialistic woman, who refuses to attend the formal ball unless she can wear an attractive dress with expensive jewelry. Mathilde Loisel ends up borrowing Madame Forestier's "diamond" necklace but loses it immediately after the ball. Mathilde and her husband were under the impression that the diamond necklace was authentic and accumulate a large amount of debt replacing the lost piece of jewelry with a genuine diamond necklace. Mathilde and her husband struggle for ten years to pay off their debts, only to discover that the lost necklace was a cheap imitation.

If Mathilde Loisel would have never lost Madame Forestier's necklace, she would have never accumulated a significant amount of debt or experienced poverty for ten years. The ten years of arduous physical labor took a toll on her appearance and hardened Mathilde into a rough, strong woman. If she never had to engage in...

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