Ansley and mrs ansley had a romantic evening with mr

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Ansley and Mrs. Ansley had a romantic evening with Mr. Slade many years ago. In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace” the protagonist is Mathide Loisel, a woman who has always dreamed of a life of luxury. When she marries a clerk, and lives a life of poverty, she becomes angry. She is not kind to her husband who works hard to give her all that he can. When her husband gets them tickets to a ball, she is ungrateful and throws them on the table and says “”What do you want me to do with that?” (381.12) Instead of the couple not going, Mr. Loisel asks his wife how much money it would take for her to buy her a nice dress for the Ball. When she tells him 400 francs, instead of him telling her that was too much, he took the money he had been saving for a hunting outing with his “What is the matter? Come, you’ve been so queer these las three days.” She answered: “It annoys me not to have a single jewel, not a single stone, nothing to put on. I shall look like distress. I should almost rather not go at all.” (382.31) When
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Thompson 4 her husband recommends real flowers, she is not convinced and says “No; there is nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich.” But her husband cried: “How stupid you are! Go look up your friend Mme. Forestier, and ask her to lend you some jewels. You’re quite thick enough with her to do that.” (382.38) Mathide goes to her friend and becomes greedy when she thinks her friend did not bring her the finest she had and asked her if she had anything else. Mme. Forestier brings out a box with a diamond necklace and Mathide asks if she could borrow them. The couple goes to the Ball and Mathide has a splendid time while her husband falls asleep in another room so she can enjoy herself. When the couple finally arrives home early the next morning, Mathilde realizes that the necklace is gone and is hysterical. Instead of being honest with her friend, her husband spends all of his money he has saved and borrows more to replace the necklace. Her dishonesty causes the couple to have to work hard for the next ten years to pay off their debt. In the end, Mathilde finds out that “The Necklace” was not real and was only worth 500 francs rather than the 38,000 francs they had borrowed to replace the necklace. The characters in the Necklace are Mathilde Loisel wife of Mr. Loisel who was a clerk to the Minister of Public Instruction, and Mme. Forestier, who was a wealthy friend of Mathilde and who she borrowed the necklace from.
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  • English, The Necklace, Short story, Guy de Maupassant, Mrs. Ansley, Delphin Slade, Barbara Ansley

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