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What would Mathilde Loisel's life have been like if she hadn't lost the necklace in "The Necklace"?

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In certain respects, we can't really know with certainty how Mathilde Loisel's life would have continued had she not lost the necklace. These kinds of counterfactuals, after all, are speculative exercises. This is especially the case as we look further forward into time. We can certainly make reasoned assumptions on the short term, but if we were to extend this analysis along a longer time frame (for example, something like ten or twenty years into her future), the exercise begins to become a purely fictional one.

In any case, the key thing to consider with a question like this, is the degree to which this experience has disrupted...

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