What is the name of Madame Loisel's husband in "The Necklace"?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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To add something to this fact, authors do not include first names for a reason.  Nothing is included without intention.  In my opinion, he is given no first name because his wife, Mathilde, is the center of attention and is self-centered, and she expects her husband to cater to her fancies for extravagant things, and indeed, he gives up money he had saved in order for her to buy a dress for the ball. Another reason he might not have been given a first name is due to the fact that he was a secondary character, not the primary one, which was Mathilde.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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His first name is never mentioned in the story. He is referred to as her husband.

"She let herself be married off to a little clerk in the Ministry of Education." (Maupassuant)

  "What's the matter with you?" asked her husband, already half undressed." (Maupassaunt