As de Maupassant explains, '[Mr.] Loisel possessed eighteen thousand franks which his father had left him. Heborrowed the rest. He borrowed it, asking for a thousand francs of one, five hundred of another, five louis of thisone, and three louis of that one. He gave notes, made ruinous promises, took money of usurers and the whole race oflenders. He compromised his whole existence, in fact, risked his signature without even knowing whether he couldmake it good or not, and, harassed by anxiety for the future, by the black misery which surrounded him, and by theprospect of all physical privations and moral torture, he went to get the new necklace, depositing on themerchant's counter thirty-six thousand francs.' Matilda then places the new necklace in the same case in which shehad borrowed the old one, and returns it to her friend without explanation, hoping against hope that the deceptionwill not be discovered -- which it is not.
To get rid of this problem, they considered to replace the diamond by another one. So they went from jeweler to jeweler looking for another necklace like the first. However, they managed to find out a shop where they discovered the necklace which is identical to the lost one. Forty thousand francs for that necklace were too heavy for them to afford. After bargaining they were allowed to get it for thirty six thousand francs.
The Necklace Thesis – Necklaces & Pendants
The Necklace or The Diamond Necklace is a short story by Guy de Maupassant, first published in 1884 in the French newspaper Le Gaulois. The story has become one of