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During the course of Guy de Maupassants short story The Necklace the main character Matilda Loisel makes a number of ironic discoveries In addition there are other discoveries that the reader makes but Matilda does not The discovery that forms the storys climax concerns the true nature of the necklace she has borrowed from her friend Mrs Forestier But this is perhaps not the most important lesson of this story As the story opens Matilda a young middle-class wife who aspires to join the upper ranks of society is finally invited to a high-society affair given by her husbands employer Hoping to impress her guests and thus fit in she borrows a beautiful diamond necklace from her friend Madame Forestier Unfortunately during the course of the evening the necklace is lost Rather than confront her friend directly with the story of her carelessness she and her husband scrape together every bit of money they can As de Maupassant explains Mr Loisel possessed eighteen thousand franks which his father had left him He borrowed the rest He borrowed it asking for a thousand francs of one five hundred of another five louis of this one and three louis of that one He gave notes made ruinous promises took money of usurers and the whole race of lenders He compromised his whole existence in fact risked his signature without even knowing whether he could make it good or not and harassed by anxiety for the future by the black misery which surrounded him and by the prospect of all physical privations and moral torture he went to get the new necklace depositing on the merchants counter thirty-six thousand francs Matilda then places the new necklace in the same case in which she had borrowed the old one and returns it to her friend without explanation hoping against hope that the deception will not be discovered -- which it is not Now comes the task
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