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Shvoong Home>Books>The Diamond Necklace Review

The Diamond Necklace

Book Review   by:Jubell     Original Author: Guy de Maupassant
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Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace” tells about the fate of a middle class woman in France. Mathilde, a woman of a certain beauty lives an ordinary life with a maid servant and her husband who works as a clerk. Although the couple does not have to suffer and enjoys a secure life, Mathilde is not satisfied. She longs for more luxury, lovely dresses and attractiveness. One day her husband, well aware of his wife’s desires, comes home with an invitation from the Minister of Education. He expects Mathilde to be pleased because the high society of the town is most likely to be present. Mathilde is far from happy, because she feels that none of her dresses are appropriate for such an occasion. Her husband, although he had planned to buy a gun for his weekend hunting, offers to spend their saved money on a new dress. The date of the invitation comes closer but even with the new dress at hand Mathilde is not satisfied. She has no jewelry and refuses to go to the banquet. Her husband suggests she should visit her old schoolmate whom Mathilde had not visited for a while, out of jealousy. Madame Forestier, delighted by the visit, offers to lend Mathilde the necklace she likes best and after some hesitation Mathilde picks the most expensive looking diamond necklace. The awaited evening comes and Mathilde is delighted. She feels admired and enjoys every moment of her appearance. At the end of the party she and her husband leave to catch one of the night carriages. At home, taking a last look at her beauty in the mirror, Mathilde discovers that the borrowed necklace has disappeared.
Monsieur Loisel walks back to all the places they had been that night but cannot find it. The next day they try to gain some time, telling Madame Forestier that they had brought the necklace to a jeweler to get the clasp fixed, but this lie does not help either. Not even the jeweler who had made the necklace is to be found. Finally the Loisels decide to buy a replacement. They get together all their saved money and borrow from everybody they know. Madame Forestier gets the new necklace and does not realize that it is a replacement. In order to be able to pay all the loans back Mathilde has to fire the maid and do all housework by herself. They live through ten years of poverty in a small house. After these long years of discomfort Mathilde meets Madame Forestier in the street and decides to tell her the truth about the necklace and how she had to suffer. At first Madame Forestier does not even recognize Mathilde whose beauty has faded. She is surprised when she hears the story and feels pity for Mathilde as she tells her the original necklace had not even been a real diamond one, but a simple imitation.
Published: July 24, 2005   
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  1. Answer  :    mathilde mr.loisel mrs.foristier Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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  1. 2. hayop

    gago

    ang panget ng ginawanyu mga tanga

    1 Rating Friday, July 15, 2011
  2. 1. zara richelle araneta

    ^_^

    A very nice story.Ü

    1 Rating Saturday, June 25, 2011
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