What are two examples of foreshadowing from "The Necklace"?

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Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author gives the reader a hint of what is to come later in the story. In Guy De Maupassant's short story "The Necklace," he foreshadows Mathilde Loisel's significant mistake of replacing an imitation necklace with an authentic diamond necklace, which nearly bankrupts her family and results in a decade long struggle. Foreshadowing occurs at the beginning of the story when Maupassant writes,

She [Mathilde] was one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, as if by a mistake of destiny, born in a family of clerks. (1)

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Foreshadowing occurs when the author hints at what will happen further in the story. In "The Necklace," there are a few instances of foreshadowing.

When the jeweler is asked about Madame Loisel's necklace, he responds "It was not I that sold her the necklace, I merely supplied the clasp." This indicates that the necklace itself did not come from the jewelry store and may not have been worth much.

 

Another example of foreshadowing is present in the opening line of the story "The girl was one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks." This foreshadows that Mme. Loisel has never accepted her station in life and feels unsatisfied with her low social status. This also indicates that fate and financial status will play a key role in the story. Coming from a "family of clerks" ultimately lands Mme. Loisel in her financial struggle at the end of the text when she must replace the diamond necklace.