The diamond necklace

At the end of her story, Madame Forestier clasps her hands and tells Mathilde the original necklace was just costume jewelry and not worth anything.

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Loisel had eighteen thousand francs which his father had left him. She dressed plainly because she could not dress well, but she was unhappy as if she had really fallen from a higher station; since with women there is neither caste nor rank, for beauty, grace and charm take the place of family and birth.

They dismissed their maid; they changed their lodgings; they rented a garret under the roof.

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They could have it for thirty-six. But suddenly she uttered a cry. Loisel took back the jewels to Mrs. He threw over her shoulders the garments he had brought for them to go home in, modest everyday clothes, whose poverty clashed with the beauty of the ball-dress. Forestier, the latter said to her in a frigid tone: "You should have returned them to me sooner, for I might have needed them. Her husband worked evenings, making up a tradesman's accounts, and late at night he often copied manuscript for five sous a page. How strange and changeful is life! The night of the ball arrived. It was worth forty thousand francs. She stammered: "But - madame - I don't know. They are both tired and irrevocably damaged from these years of hardship. She is intoxicated by the attention and has an overwhelming sense of self-satisfaction. Yes, certainly.

How little is needed for one to be ruined or saved! When Madame Loisel took back the necklace to Madame Forestier, the latter said to her in a chilly voice: "You ought to have brought it back sooner; I might have needed it.

Madame Loisel is beautiful on the outside, but inside she is discontented with her less-than-wealthy lifestyle. But suddenly she uttered a cry.

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She felt this and wished to escape so as not to be remarked by the other women, who were enveloping themselves in costly furs. Only I haven't a dress and so I can't go to this party.

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I will call a cab. And now that she had paid, she would tell her all. That's impossible!

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The Diamond Necklace