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Class 10 English Chapter 7 The Necklace Summary
This short story about a pretty lady, Matilda Loisel who lived in a small yet cosy flat with her husband. He worked as a clerk in the office of the Beard of education and loved his wife very much. They led a simple life Matilda was unhappy about her condition and always desired to
be rich. She always desired to wear beautiful dresses with matching jewellery but she had none of it.
One day Loisel’s husband brought her an invitation to a grand ball party at the minister’s residence. He expected his wife to be excite upon seeing the invitation letter. When his wife saw the invite the expressed her resentment over it and threw the letter aside and started sobbing over her condition. When asked she complained of not having a pretty dress to wear on such a grand occasion she wanted to look beautiful and well groomed at the party such that everyone should admire her. Feeling pity for Matilda her loving husband gave her all his savings of four hundred francs to buy a beautiful dress. He had saved that amount for buying a rible for himself.
Soon, the week of the grand party approached Matilda seemed to be anxious again. This time she felt that she didn’t have any matching jewellery to pair with her lovely dress. To this he husband suggested she request her friend Jeanne Forestler for a Neck-Piece Matilda went to
jeane’s house immediately and borrowed a sparkling diamond necklace.
Loisel went to the ball party with her husband and was happy about her appearance. She was elated that she was successful in garnering attention of the attendees in the reception. They enjoyed a gala time at the party. Soon they ready to head back home in the morning. When
they reached home Matilda realised that the necklace was missing around her neck. She and her husband were panic stricken that it might have fallen in the cab which they had bearded while returning from the party. Her husband immediately went to search the streets just in case it might have fallen there but to no avail.
Soon after, he approached the police and put up an advertisement in the newspaper offering a reward, but all went in vain with no option left metilda’s husband asked her to write a letter to mme forestler and mention that the class had broken and she would return it once repaired. In the meantime they had successfully found a replica of the necklace and decided to replace it with the old one. However, the new necklace was very expensive and cost thirty six thousand Frances. Matilda’s father-in-law had left eighteen thousand francs for his son. They decided to borrow the rest of the money to buy the expensive necklace they bought the necklace with all the money they had and borrowed funds.
In the next few years their condition worsened as their lives took a drastic turn due to the huge loan. They moved to a smaller place to live in and matilda did all the household chores by herself. Her husband worked odd hours in multiple jobs to repay the loan. Ten years passed and with that their appearances also changed due to extreme workload. One day Matilda met Jeanne forestier who could not identity her as she looked weary and aged. Loisel revealed the truth to her friend how she and her husband were left in ruins for repaying the loan of the expensive necklace hearing this, Forestler was stunned and told her that the necklace that the gave her for the ball party was a fake necklace that was worth not more than five hundred francs.
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