The Necklace | Guy De Maupassant | Chapter 7 | Footprints Without Feet |
This chapter revolves around a beautiful woman Mathilde Loisel who feels despondent after getting married to a lowly clerk. She imagines of a luxurious lifestyle buying jewels and enjoying the company of well-off friends. But, on the contrary, she has a modest lifestyle which is full of nothing but regret. She has a rich friend namely Madame Forestier but she never likes to visit her for it makes her feel down and low in her company.
Once, her husband brings home an invitation of a formal party to be hosted soon by Ministry of Education where he works. He expects his wife to be super thrilled hearing about all that. On the contrary, she starts crying and complaining that she has nothing to wear in that party which makes her husband upset. Being a good husband, he asks her how much a good dress would cost. Having thought for a while, she replies that 400 francs would be sufficient for her to buy a suitable dress. Ultimately, he agrees to do so. Just before the day arrives, she starts complaining of not having the jewels. Being a modest man, her husband advises her to wear flowers but refused by her. Seeing the mood of his wife, he asks her to borrow something from one of her good friends Madam Forestier. Following her husband’s advice, she goes there and borrows a diamond necklace from her. She gets ready wearing a beautiful dress and a magnificent necklace laden with diamonds. Everyone notices and praises her for looking ravishing.This chapter revolves around a beautiful woman Mathilde Loisel who feels despondent after getting married to a lowly clerk. She imagines of a luxurious lifestyle buying jewels and enjoying the company of well-off friends. But, on the contrary, she has a modest lifestyle which is full of nothing but regret. She has a rich friend namely Madame Forestier but she never likes to visit her for it makes her feel down and low in her company.
When the party is over, her husband goes to hire a cab outside. Having waited for a while, they get a cab and come back to their home. At her home, she finds her diamond necklace missing that she had borrower from her friend. Her husband goes to the party place back retracing their steps but all in vain. He finds nothing except disappointment. On the other hand, he advises his wife to write to her friend stating that she has broken her necklace which will take some time to be mended. They, ceaselessly, look for that necklace from post to pillar but do not find. Finally, they decide to go to jewelers and buy the same one for her friend bearing all the cost and expenditure.
At one of the jeweler shops, they find the same one but its cost makes them swoon. The shopkeeper demands 40,000 francs but gets ready to give it to them for only 36,000 francs. The couple mortgages everything they have and somehow buy that necklace at such a high price. At the time of return, Madam Forestier gets annoyed with her for being so late in returning the necklace. Later, she has a glance at it and keeps it. Having returned it, Mathilde takes a sigh of relief and returns back to home. Then the days of penury begin for them. They have to switch their apartment to a smaller one dismissing all their servants. She takes up many job and even works throughout the day for paying all their debts. Ultimately, having struggled for almost ten years, they manage to pay all their debts but in return, she has to lose her beauty and every other thing she used to have.
One day, she comes across Madame Forestier after such a long time. She tries to interact with Madam Forestier but latter fails to identify her. Having introduced herself again, Madam Forestier finally gets to recognize her and exclaims at her pathetic condition. She states the reason of her being so poor and ugly. To her surprise, Madam Forestier tells her that the necklace, she had borrowed from her, was an artificial one not the real one and did not worth much. All this made Mathilde kind of mad in the end.
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