In the short story "The Necklace," do you think Mme. Loisel recognized good quality jewelry? Give reasons.

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, I don't think Mme. Loisel recognized good quality jewelry. She came from a family of modest means and was married to a man who was only a humble government clerk. When would she have had an opportunity to familiarize herself with good quality jewelry? If she had possessed that ability she might not have gotten into such serious trouble. She might have recognized the necklace as being made of fake jewels. She might have borrowed it anyway, but she wouldn't have been so devastated when she lost it. Everybody senses that there is a flaw in Maupassant's story. The Loisels should have gone to the owner of the necklace and confessed that it had been accidentally lost. One wonders whether any of the distinguished guests at the ball recognized the necklace as a fake. Naturally it would have attracted a lot of attention because it would have appeared to be extremely valuable.


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