What steps does Madame Loisel take to dress for the party in a way she feels is appropriate in "The Necklace"?  

In "The Necklace," there are two steps Madame Loisel must take before she is willing to attend the party. The first involves the purchase of a new dress, and the second involves borrowing the jewelry she feels is needed to accompany it. It is only after she has borrowed the diamond necklace from Madame Forestier that she feels she can make a suitable appearance at the ball.

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In the short story titled "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant, a young woman named Mathilde Loisel yearns to break into a higher social standing and live a life of lavish wealth. She rejects her current status and dreams of a day when she can move into a larger home and enjoy the amenities of those beyond her socioeconomic standing. When her husband receives an invitation to a prestigious ball, Mathilde gets her chance. However, she is instantly discouraged by the fact she has nothing to wear. Mathilde believes she needs certain accoutrement to ensure she fits the part of an elite member of society. Without the right look, she feels as though she cannot participate.

First, Mathilde feels she needs an expensive dress to fit in with the others attending the ball. To acquire the dress, her husband forgoes the 400 francs he'd been saving to buy a hunting gun. Thinking this gesture would be enough to placate his wife, he makes the sacrifice to ensure she is happy. However, after the dress is...

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