This is a very interesting question! Through text evidence, inference, and supposition, readers can decide what the quality of Mademoiselle Loisel's life would have been had she not lost her friend's necklace. Yet the question of whether she is better or worse off requires us to delve into the depths of her desire and is more difficult to answer.
Guy de Maupassant's short story entitled "The Necklace" shows the protagonist, Mathilde Loisel, desperately longing to be wealthy and admired. However, her station in life does not allow this. She is not from a notable family, she has no money or position, and therefore she settles for marriage with a lowly clerk in the ministry of education. Despite her reality, she longs to satisfy her cravings for the finer things in life. Consider the following passage:
She suffered endlessly, feeling herself born for every delicacy and luxury. She suffered from the poorness of her house, from its mean walls, worn chairs, and ugly curtains. All these things,...
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