Light at the End Ten years later, the debt is paid. However, beneath this rightness and seeming match of appearances and reality is the truth that her appearance took a great deal of scheming and work. The Loisels search unsuccessfully for the necklace and ultimately decide to replace it without telling Madame Forestier that Mathilde lost the original. As hinted earlier in the story, the suffering experienced by the Loisels as they struggle to repay their debt is a kind of martyrdom. When asked why, she replies that she is embarrassed to attend the ball without any jewels. Her husband offers to give her the money for something suitable, but as the day of the ball approaches, she is still dismayed.
She fed her pride for one night but paid for it over the next 10 years of hardship, which destroyed her beauty. She and her husband catch a cab and head home. He hopes that Mathilde will be thrilled with the chance to attend an event of this sort, but she is instantly angry and begins to cry. I will call a cab. The necklace symbolizes greed and how it can affect a person. At the same time, Maupassant demonstrates that social class does not correlate to happiness, as Mme.
And he did borrow, asking for a thousand francs from one man, five hundred from another, five louis here, three louis there. What would have happened if she had not lost that necklace? It helped that he wrote some three hundred short stories, all mostly between 1880 and 1890. She fastened it round her throat, outside her high-necked waist, and was lost in ecstasy at her reflection in the mirror. Unfortunately, it's 36 thousand francs, which is exactly twice the amount of all the money M. If the story were set earlier, noble blood would have mattered more, and Mathilde probably would have thought about it just as much as money. Loisel throws the invitation down in dismay, weeping and complaining that she has nothing to wear to such an event. She absolutely loves the necklace and when she and her husband attend the party, everyone notices her and the necklace.
He gives up his desire for a gun so that Mathilde can buy a dress, and he uncomplainingly mortgages his future to replace the necklace Mathilde loses. When her husband comes home with an invitation to an exclusive party, she is upset because she does not have anything fancy to wear. One day in the park, Mme. At last they found on the quay one of those old night cabs that one sees in Paris only after dark, as if they were ashamed to show their shabbiness during the day. The day of the ball approaches and Mme.
She does not complain and works hard to keep her spirits up. All these things that another woman of her class would not even have noticed, tormented her and made her resentful. All those things, of which another woman of her rank would never even have been conscious, tortured her and made her angry. And now that she had paid, she would tell her all about it. After ten years, all the debts are finally paid, and Mathilde is out for a jaunt on the Champs Elysées. She thought of silent antechambers hung with Oriental tapestry, illumined by tall bronze candelabra, and of two great footmen in knee breeches who sleep in the big armchairs, made drowsy by the oppressive heat of the stove. She bore her part, however, with sudden heroism.
GradeSaver, 29 October 2016 Web. You can understand that it was not easy for us, for us who had nothing. In addition, there are other discoveries that the reader makes but Matilda does not. She was married off to a lowly clerk in the Ministry of Education, who can afford to provide her only with a modest though not uncomfortable lifestyle. The things she does have—a comfortable home, hot soup, a loving husband—she disdains. One night, Mathilde's husband comes home with an invitation to a party at the Ministry. With the necklace, she's sure to be a stunner.
One night, her husband returns home proudly bearing an invitation to a formal party hosted by the Ministry of Education. At the end of ten years they had paid off everything, everything, at usurer's rates and with the accumulations of compound interest. He would borrow the rest. Mathilde suddenly dashes outside to avoid being seen in her shabby coat. Even though she had to deal with ten long years of working to pay back the money, losing the necklace symbolizes Mathilde losing her greediness and gaining the knowledge that money does not lead to happiness. After ten years, all the debts are finally paid, and Mathilde is out for a jaunt on the Champs Elysées.
Her husband offers to give her the money for something suitable, and she calculates the maximum amount she could request without him refusing her immediately. This is not enough to alert the reader to the eventual irony, but it points to the couple's inability to tell the two necklaces apart precisely because they were not accustomed to lavish jewelry. They walked down toward the Seine in despair, shivering with cold. Her belief in her martyrdom is, in a way, the only thing she has left. The Loisels began to live a life of crippling poverty. It's been called in miniature, and tells the tale of a dissatisfied middle-class woman whose dreams of wealth and glamour end in disaster.
She wants to live out this fantasy as long as she possibly can and runs outside with the shawl hoping no one will notice. Forestier the sad story of the necklace and her ten years of poverty, and she does. However, when she loses the necklace, the dream dissolves instantly, and her life becomes even worse than before. Loisel learns that the necklace she borrowed from Mme. They found, in a shop at the Palais Royal, a string of diamonds that seemed to them exactly like the one they had lost. 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. Unfortunately, it's 36 thousand francs, which is exactly twice the amount of all the money M.