The Necklace Characters at a Glance

"The Necklace" key characters:

  1. In "The Necklace," Mathilde Loisel longs for better things; in the end, her determination to convincingly inhabit the milieu of the wealthy costs her the little status and few luxuries she has.

  2. Monsieur Loisel, unlike his wife, is content with his situation; he doesn’t aspire to better things, but forgoes his own desires to supply his wife with the symbols of status she desires.

  3. Madame Jeanne Forestier, Mathilde’s wealthy friend, loans Mathilde an extravagant diamond necklace; years later, Madame Forestier is touched to learn what her friend did to replace the necklace that was, after all, only a fake.


Madame Jeanne Forestier
Madame Forestier is a school friend of Mathilde Loisel, and she lends her the necklace that...

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