Madame Mathilde Loisel is the unsatisfied wife and would-be social climber of a simple Parisian clerk from the Ministry of Education in Guy de Maupassant's short story, "The Necklace." Mathilde is an attractive woman who is bored with her life and dreams of the material possessions of the rich--dresses, jewelry, tapestries, silver and "exquisite dishes." But on her husband's salary, she knows her dreams will never come true. Nevertheless, she believes her destiny is bound for something greater. Thus, the simile from the second paragraph:
She was simple since she could not be adorned; but she was unhappy as though kept out of her own class; for women have no caste and no descent, their beauty, their grace, and their charm serving them instead of birth and fortune.
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