Why does M. Latin remarry in "False Gems" in 5-8 sentences?

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Guy de Maupassant is famed for being one of the great realists in literature, and in this short story he brilliantly and with great irony dissects the greed and supposed devotion of a man to his dead wife. The remarriage mentioned in your question is only referred to in the last paragraph of the tale, which reads as follows:

Six months later he married again. His second wife was a very virtuous woman, but extremely bad-tempered. She made him very unhappy.

The central irony and message of this story is based on M. Latin's achievement of everything he once desired. He has wealth thanks to his wife's "fake" jewellry collection and now has remarried to a woman who appears, to all intents and purposes, to be an ideal wife. However, even when people's material situations improve, character flaws and twists of fate can undermine happiness. Be careful for what you wish for, because if you get it you might not be happy!