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The other short story that competes with "The Necklace" for the title of "Maupassant's masterpiece" is his first published story, "Boule de suif" (1880). Based on Maupassant's experiences as a soldier during the Franco-Prussian War, the story depicts the ravages of war on society and illustrates the hypocrisy of patriotism.
Another of Maupassant's stories, "The Jewels" (‘‘Les bijoux,’’ 1883), offers a plot that is the reverse of that of "The Necklace," with a character discovering that his deceased wife's supposedly imitation jewelry is in fact real.
The American novelist and critic Henry James who considered Maupassant's story a "little perfection," wrote a short story entitled "Paste'' based on "The Necklace." Its plot is remarkably similar to that of "The Jewels."
Gustave Flaubert's 1857 novel Madame...
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