Mathilde does not tell Madame Forestier that she lost the necklace because she is embarrassed and proud.
Mathilde Loisel believes that she was born below her proper station in life. Because of this, she pines for a life of riches and beautiful things. Her husband is aware of this, but he is only a lowly clerk. One day he surprises her with the gift of tickets to a fancy ball, and she gets upset because she doesn’t think she has anything to wear.
Monsieur Loisel gives his wife everything he has saved, and suggests that she borrow a proper jewel from her wealthy friend, Madame Forestier. She agrees, excited to have a pretty dress and an expensive jewel to wear to the fancy ball.
Madame Forestier makes some suggestions, but Mathilde sees the...
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