Suppose Madame Loisel never lost the necklace. How would her life have ended up?

Even if Madame Loisel had not lost the necklace, her life would have ended unhappily. The necklace was only a symbol of her inability to discern between true worth and the superficial. No matter how much she had gotten, she would have wanted more, because of her discontent and insatiable desire.

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Madame Loisel's discontent and desire meant that she would have ended up unhappy whether or not she borrowed the necklace. The story tells us that she had what most young women of her class would have considered a happy and comfortable life, with a pleasant apartment, a servant, and a kind, loving, hardworking husband. But Mrs. Loisel was so caught up in the fantasy world of romance novels that real life paled in comparison. She dreamed of

tapestries peopling the walls with folk of a past age and strange birds in faery forests; she imagined delicate food served in marvelous dishes, murmured gallantries.

No matter how comfortable her real life became, it could not match her fantasy world of wealth and romance.

The glass ("paste") necklace that Madame Loisel mistakes for a real, costly diamond symbolizes her inability to see past the superficial. She is a shallow person, attracted by shiny objects to which she attaches too great a worth. She does not, for example, discern what a good man...

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