What is a summary of "The Necklace"?

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    A lady named Mathilde Loisel is poor but is spoiled at the same time. One day her husband brings home a(n) invitation to a ball. So she doesnt want to wear any of the dresses she wore before because she wanted to be the most georgous girl their. And she was, but to her i guess what she wore meant more. So after convicing her husband, he let her use 400 francs. But she also wanted jewlery. And her husband tells her 'Why dont you borrow jewlery from your good friend?'. She thought about it and said that could work. So she asked her friend and she said ok. And when the party was over and she was on her way home, she noticed that the necklace was where she last put it. Mathilde had to lie to her friend so she could buy time. After noticing that she couldnt find it, her husband and her had to be in debt for 10 years in order to get another necklace that looks like the one she wore. When those 10 years were over her friend told her that the necklace was fake.

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Guy de Maupassant was a French author. In the book, the necklace represented irony. Matilde had been working and slaving away to replace a necklace she thought was made of genuine jewels, when instead it was just made of paste. The necklace was basically worthless. Matilde, the maid, had spent her life working to repay this debt--the necklace asks readers to analyze what they are working for in life, and ask themselves if it is really worth it. Is the time spent away from their families and away from relaxation worth something that they think is valuable? What is it that you put a high price on? Is it worth slaving the rest of your life away to obtain?

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that she was a spoilded little girl that was unhappy with her life then her husben got her a invention to a big party then he gave her 400hundred francks for her dress and then she barrowed a dimond necklace from her friend. then to lose it at  the end of the night of the ball.so she told her freind that she broke the clip on the necklace so she is having it fixed to bye time to gather the money to replace the dimond necklace. then ended up putting her and her husband in det come to find out that the necklace was fake...........

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Guy de Maupassant was a French author. In the book, the necklace represented irony. Matilde had been working and slaving away to replace a necklace she thought was made of genuine jewels, when instead it was just made of paste. The necklace was basically worthless. Matilde, the maid, had spent her life working to repay this debt--the necklace asks readers to analyze what they are working for in life, and ask themselves if it is really worth it. Is the time spent away from their families and away from relaxation worth something that they think is valuable? What is it that you put a high price on? Is it worth slaving the rest of your life away to obtain?

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Guy de Maupassant's short story is an ironic, didactic tale about Mathilde Loisel, a discontent working-class woman who lives very poorly with her husband, but loves nothing more than fancy dresses, jewelry and balls. One day her husband brings home an invitation to a ball. She convinces him to spend 400 francs on a ball gown, and then complains that she must have fine jewelry to wear as well. She borrows an elaborate diamond necklace from her well off acquaintance, Madame Forestier.

The ball is rapturously lovely, but when she arrives home, she discovers in horror, that the necklace is gone. She delays Mdm. with an excuse, but a week later, the couple finds a necklace that seems the exact same. They scrape together thirty-six thousand francs in loans and inheritance to buy the replacement, which they return to a unsuspecting Mdm. Forestier. Because of the loans, Mathilde and her husband learn the “horrible existence of the needy,” reduced to menial labor for the 10 years it takes to pay it all off, and at now she and her husband look old. She wonders what her life would have been if it were not for that accident.

One day she runs into a still young and beautiful Mdm. Forestier in the park, who doesn’t even recognize Mathilde, who admits her deception. Mdm. Forestier is shocked and reveals that the necklace Mathilde borrowed was made of paste and only worth 500 francs. She has spent her life paying a debt that didn't exist, and all for vanity.

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