Back then, if you were a woman, being wanted by a man was practically the only way to be anybody at all. I had awful trouble getting it. When she sat down to dinner at a round table covered with a three-day-old cloth opposite her husband who, lifting the lid off the soup, shouted excitedly, "Ah!
Her one night of radiance cost her and Monsieur Loisel any chance for future happiness. When Monsieur Loisel had inquired about why she was upset, she had said it was because she had nothing to wear.
Monsieur Loisel thought this would be please his wife, when in fact it only made her upset. She goes to the Palais-Royal shop and finds a similar necklace for 40, francs but they could get it in 36, francs. The dreadful debt must be paid. And he did borrow, asking for a thousand francs from one man, five hundred from another, five louis here, three louis there.
Her hands trembled as she took it. Their pathos is their inability to speak to avoid a whole lifetime of misery. It all forms part of one big glamorous, fairy-tale world, the world about which Mathilde fantasizes. Then she asked anxiously, hesitating: She dressed plainly because she had never been able to afford anything better, but she was as unhappy as if she had once been wealthy.
Mathilde, however, longs to be rich. Guy de Maupassant The Necklace She was one of those pretty and charming girls born, as if by an error of fate, into a family of clerks.
So yes, by many standards, Mathilde is probably greedy.
The week of the party, Mathilde seems anxious again. We all must deal with selfishness at some point in our lives.
Finally, they head home in the wee hours of the morning. She no longer had the necklace round her neck! She and her husband are forced to live a life of hard work and struggle because of her own selfish desires."The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is an ironic story in the sense that Mathilde Loisel was ultimately brought down by what she wanted most in life — expensive things.
Mathilde was a pretty girl. "The Necklace" is, at heart, a story about class conflict. Beautiful Mathilde Loisel wants nothing more than to become a member of the upper-class.
Her attempt to climb the social ladder results. Madame Forestier went to her mirrored wardrobe, took out a large box, brought it back, opened it, and said to Madame Loisel: "Choose, my dear." First she saw some bracelets, then a pearl necklace, then a gold Venetian cross set with precious stones, of exquisite craftsmanship.
"The Necklace" is a short story by 19th-century French author Guy de Maupassant, who is regarded as one of the early masters of the short story. It's often studied in English and world literature classes.
The The Necklace quotes below are all either spoken by Mathilde Loisel or refer to Mathilde Loisel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:). Looking at Guy De Maupassant’s piece “The Necklace”, we see a very clear development of the main character Mathilde.
In the story, we see a change in her attitude about life. This change come about when she has to learn one of life’s little lessons the hard way.Download