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Guy de Maupassant
Mathilde Loisel, Madame Forestier, Monsieur Loisel
The necklace, coveting
Dichotomy between reality and appearance; the value of honesty.
" She dressed simply, being unable to afford anything better, but she was every whit as unhappy as any daughter of a grand family who has come down in the world. "
"Ah, the good soup! I don't know anything better than that."
"She would have given anything to be popular, envied, attractive, and in demand."
Life is so strange, so fickle! How little is needed to make or break us.
"Oh, my poor Mathilde! But it was only an imitation necklace. It couldn't have been worth much more than 500 francs!"