"The Necklace" shows the conflict between greed and generosity as exemplified by Mathilde and her husband. Why does the husband put up with his wife’s vanity given their opposing views on life?

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You seem to be asking about Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace ," about Monsieur and Madame Loisel, so I will address your question within that context. Monsieur Loisel is thoughtful and generous, pleased with little, and willing, I think, to see the best in life and...

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You seem to be asking about Guy de Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," about Monsieur and Madame Loisel, so I will address your question within that context. Monsieur Loisel is thoughtful and generous, pleased with little, and willing, I think, to see the best in life and in people as well. His wife, Mathilde, however, feels that there has been some "mistake of destiny" whereby she ended up married to someone who simply cannot provide the life of luxury and extravagance that she desires. "She suffered ceaselessly" as a result of everything she feels that she lacks: dresses, jewels, fancy furnishings, delicate foods, and so on. When Monsieur Loisel procures a coveted invitation —for which his wife is so ungrateful at first—he explains that he "thought [she] would be glad" because she "never go[es] out, and this is such a fine opportunity." He genuinely seems to want to make her happy, and so perhaps this is the reason he is willing to put up with her vanity and materialism. When she suggests that he give the invitation to someone else, "He was in despair." He also gives her the money he'd been saving to treat himself so that she can buy a dress for this one occasion. These, to me, seem like acts of real love, and I think love would explain why he is willing to overlook her faults.

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