In "The Necklace," what was Mme. Loisel's life like before and after she lost the necklace?

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"The Necklace" tells us that Mme. Loisel's life before she lost the necklace was by no means a terrible life.  For example, she had a maid, a "little Breton girl" (1), who did the work around the house. She had a house, she had a husband who worked, and she had food on the table.  We are told that she had worn out furniture and curtains that were "ugly" (1), but we are also told,

All these things, of which other women of her class would not even have been aware, tormented and insulted her (1).

What was terrible was Mme. Loisel's perception of her life. Because she was "pretty and charming" (1), she felt that she deserved more in life, a wealthy husband, a fancy home, and 

...vast saloons hung with antique silks, exquisite pieces of furniture supporting priceless ornaments, and small, charming, perfumed rooms, created just for little parties of intimate friends, men who were famous and sought after, whose...

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