In "The Necklace," what clues foreshadow that the necklace is fake? List as many as you can.

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It is telling that Mathilde Loisel "had no dresses, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that [...]." Though she loves jewels, she does not have the skill or the knowledge to tell real jewels from fake ones, just as she lacks the ability to discern what is truly...

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It is telling that Mathilde Loisel "had no dresses, no jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that [...]." Though she loves jewels, she does not have the skill or the knowledge to tell real jewels from fake ones, just as she lacks the ability to discern what is truly important in life from what only seems important. This could be seen as a clue which foreshadows the necklace's value (or lack thereof). In addition, Mathilde is incredibly concerned about appearances rather than realities. She believes that she "shall look like distress," and declares that she would almost rather just stay at home if she has no jewels to wear to the fancy party. She believes that "there's nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich." Again, to her, everything is about looks and not about actual value. The very flaws in Mathilde Loisel's own character would seem to foreshadow her inability to choose a piece of jewelry with real value, as she does not properly value her husband, his love, or his desire to make her happy. Next, when she does choose the necklace from her friend, Madame Forestier's collection, the narrator tells us that she "fled with her treasure." The use of the word her rather than the word the seems significant here: a truly valuable necklace would be a treasure to anyone, but without the ability to tell what looks real from what is real, Mathilde only thinks she has a treasure. The necklace looks real, and so she cannot tell the difference.

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