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About Maupassant:A French writer.
Father of modern short story.
In his stories, he choices hero and heroines from the middle class.
Maupassant produced 300+ stories in his life.
Mostly focus on the realistic study of lives of the average man and woman.
Character: Mathilda Loisel:Unhappy, unable to accept her life condition; Daydreamed
10 years later:
Hard-working --doing heavy housework, changed perception
Dressed like a peasant
Aged quickly, heavy, rough, harsh, hair untended, skirt askew
Character: Mr. Loisel:A clerk for Ministry of Education;
Kind, generous, loyal, hard-working, unselfish, patient, loving; wants to please his wife
Story:Her husband is able to get a couple of invitations to the Ministry of Education party.
Mathilde then refuses to go.
Gives Mathilde 400 francs to use from his savings.
Mathilde goes out and buys a dress.
Mathlida borrows a stunning diamond necklace from Madame Jeanne Forestier. then, she goes to party, enjoys and praised a lot. After attending the party, Mathilde discovers that she has lost the necklace.
She tries to find a quick way to replace it.
She goes to a shop and discovers the price of a similar necklace to be 40,000 francs.
The couple has sold everything they owned and getting loans.
Mathilde falls into debt.
Ten years later, she suddenly sees Madame Forestier, who barely recognizes her in her dire state.
Mathilde recounts the story of losing the necklace.
After explaining the purchase of the new necklace, Madame Forestier takes Mathilde's hands, explaining that her original necklace was a fake made of glass, and only worth 500 francs.
You may pay a terrible price for greed and desire.
People should be happy with what they have.
“We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desires change.”