Many people exert themselves to achieve admiration through learning to do something impressive, such as becoming successful businessmen, inventors, artists, actors, musicians, daredevils, or whatever. We Mathilde Loisel's chief ambition in life was to be adequately admired for her beauty, grace, and charm. For one night she finds perfect satisfaction of that ambition.
She danced with rapture, with passion, intoxicated by pleasure, forgetting all in the triumph of her beauty, in the glory of her success, in a sort of cloud of happiness comprised of all this homage, admiration, these awakened desires and of that sense of triumph which is so sweet to woman's heart.
If she hadn't lost the borrowed necklace she might have been satisfied with her one night of being Cinderella. But our ambitions often lead us into troubles and disappointment.