The Necklace
Guy de Maupassant
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Writer Guy de Maupassants ironic tale of a beautiful but poor womans longing for a more glamorous life leads to a borrowed necklaceand a most unfortunate misunderstanding.
Published 2004 by Balance Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1884)
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I first read 'The Necklace' in Grade 9 and almost instantly, it became my favourite short-story. However, little did I know, I'd read it again when I was almost on the verge of forgetting it, in my English class in college, three years later. 'The Neckless' is a poignant tale about ingratitude and resentment of a lady with a comfortable home and a loving husband. Her vanity and her attempts to show off eventually make her pay for her disagreeable behaviour when she finds out that the necklace th...more
Defying D
“The Necklace” weaves a tale about Madame Mathilde Loisel who dreams of the finer things of life and is not content with her secure, middle class lifestyle. The price she pays for a single evening of elegance turns into years of drudgery and despair. This is a story that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as when Maupassant wrote it in the late nineteenth century.
He masterfully uses irony to produce a surprise ending in this short story. In doing so, he attempts to teach his rea...more
Amber Wortz
Amber Wortz
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This version of The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant is his original short story accompanied by illustrations by Gary Kelley. The Necklace is about a woman who is living a comfortable life but has the dream of living a wealthy extravagant life. When invited to a party she borrows a diamond necklace and loses it by the end of the evening. She takes out numerous debts to buy a new necklace and over ten years lives a miserable life trying to pay the debts back. She finally finds...more
Anisha Pai
I love the moral and the way 'The Necklace' is written- from Mathilda's point of view constantly emphasising her own perceived personal social injustice. However, I despise her and her constant need for 'more'. Even after she realises the worth of her old life, she is still looking for someone to blame; still not accepted the fact that she brought it on herself; yet to learn the lesson that she should be content with what she has. But she gets hers in the end.
Who I feel really sorry for, howeve...more
On "A Piece of String" : I was looking through the eyes of Maitre Hauchecorne and at him at the same time. I felt his self-consciousness as he stooped to pick up the string, could even sense the sandy dirt on the ground. Hauchecorne is a man too concerned with appearances. He deliberately misled his neighbor to make his actions appear less shameful, but ended up making a far worse impression than the truth would have. He doesn't care about the people in his community knowing the truth about him....more
in a funny & unexpected way, this great author teaches me to never give too many attention to appearances and not fight the reality, but accept & try to change it...because if we don't accept what we are first before we think about changing it, it will reverse on us & get worse, this pretty women here didn't like her life, she wanted to be rich, so rich, just because she was too pretty to be poor and work all day instead of thinking about a way to get richer,she tough about...more
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La Parure by Guy de Maupassant

One has to feel gratitude for the life, family, friends and the possessions one has. It can always get worse.
And the Parure is proof of that, with an interesting twist which we generally call the irony of fate.

The heroine is very dissatisfied with what she has and is ungrateful.
And gratitude is a component of positivity and the number one activity in The How of Happiness by Psychologist and Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky. There are thousands of studies that prove the i...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Almost like O Henry but more Literary. Is the ending a surprise to you, really?

I do wonder about the publisher 'creative editions' - in the anthology in which I discovered this, the story is 8 pp.
Prashant Mudgal
What an irony !! It cannot get better than this, cannot be better at all !
Mildly entertaining stories and a few downright weird ones.
La vie est tellement moqueuse....
Геллее Авбакар
This nice story was included in the National Education Curricula in the Secondary Year of General Education, I own a Paperback copy. in addition to an Electronic PDF written in French too.

My Plot:
The Necklace is an amazing story about the poor beautiful Mathilde Loisel who was born Paris. Mathilde dreams of being in the top of "the Parisian Class". By an error of destiny she get married to a clerk who works inside the Ministry of Instructions. Mathilde leads a sad life during her marr...more
"...for women have no caste or class, their beauty, grace, and charm serving them for birth or family, their natural delicacy, their instinctive elegance, their nimbleness of wit, are their only mark of rank, and put the slum girl on a level with the highest lady in the land." -de Maupassant.

I feel like this introduction explains the psychology and behaviour of Mathilde; a woman's physical appearance is seen to be an integral part of her 'value', however shallow that may be. Mathilde is a woman...more
"You might wear natural flowers. It's very stylish at this time of the year."
"No; there's nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich."

I read "The Necklace", not "La Parure". I wish we could have read its French version because 'La Parure' reflects the lesson in the story better than 'The Necklace'. It also means 'good looking' in French and when you read the story, you understand what it really means.
I am not sure if I should be sorry for Mathilde(our protagon...more
Caitlin Lillie
Guy de Maupassant,

Dear Maupassant,
I am taking your characters away from you until you learn to treat them properly.
Sure, I know that Mathilde was vain and needed to be taking down a few knots, but 10 years of hard work? Really? And what about her husband? The poor man, he deserved to become a minister, not a pauper.
When I read this cold-bloodedly, I laugh at Mathilde and I marvel at your writing. I lay in bed imaging the river of diamonds for two nights, and gasp everytime I read the tw...more
This book¹ had the most superfluous² footnotes³ I⁴ have ever seen. I didn't even read most of them⁵.

¹ La Parure by Guy de Maupassant, a collection of 3 short stories comprising only 91 pages and originally published in 1884. This particular copy was acquired as an overpriced souvenir at Mont Saint-Michel in 2012 during a field trip in a study abroad program.
² Superfluous, adj. unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough. From the Latin superfluus “unnecessary,” lit. “overflowing, running o...more
Alejandro Pv
3.5, Me pareció bastante bueno. Una crítica hacia la sociedad plástica y material en la que solo importa el dinero y la clase.
La protagonista por su avaricia y orgullo se endeuda diez años y vive en la miseria.
El final me mató de risa. ¿les digo? ¿les digo?
El collar era faso x'D
Ethan Clark
May 13, 2011 Ethan Clark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ethan by: Ms. Sweeney
Only as I began this final book on the story list did I realize that I read it in an English class perhaps two years ago, yet my feelings don't seem to have changed towards it.

I'm sure that this tale has some sort of moral like "be pleased with what you have," or something along those lines because the characters embody that sort of vain greed that is devoid of common sense. For this reason you can't very well sympathize with the Loisels, but you can at least feel like they got what they deserve...more
This is one of Maupassant's most refined and subtle short stories. There is an ingenious ,cleverly disguised, attack at the middle class here. However, Maupassant never lets bias cloud his judgement. His story is simply the reality for many middle class families. It is the "Humble Verite". Many middle class families ,even today, have the material pretense of A-Class nobles. They overspend on vain luxuries (despite all the debts they get into in the process), as this was considered a way to climb...more
I had a feeling there would be a twist in there. What an ironic ending! Both character should have been honest about what happened, rather than trying to cover it up. That would have saved them from a lot of grief.
I have a grudge against this book, to be honest. School issues.
Whiny book about a woman and her lust for materials and riches. Pretty pathetic. But, it did teach me that fantasies do end, you can't change your fate unless you're willing to put in the effort.
But sorry Mr.Guy, someone paying for a diamond necklace for a Decade seems a bit too hyperbolic. Half a decade would have been more plausible, maybe?
A very interesting short story which is one of the best stories I have ever read for school.

excellent. love the irony!
Rao Umar
If you think that it is the fate is brutal to you then you are wrong because is the world who is always to delighted to talk about you your flaws.

It was one good story that elaborates the importance of being careful of your action but then be even more careful of your explanation because if you are honest than no one will trust you but if you make story only then you are admired.

It is bit of an unwise aspect that the story lacks contentedness but it all that comes through inspiration not aspirat...more
Marienne Herrera
the diamond necklace symbolizes Mathilde herself of being a hypocrite!
well, we must be contented with what we have, do not aim for something bigger that would have no use in your life.
Remember that God only give the things which are convenient in life.
and that would be not only Mathilde's lesson, but our lesson
I wonder why the author didn't write the concluding part, maybe because for us to think what could be Mathilde's reaction knowing that the necklace is pasted.
A story of a petty woman, Madame Loise, who wants to exist beyond her means and how that belief leads to her borrowing a necklace from a wealthy friend, Madame Forestier, so she can look good at a party. Unfortunately, she loses it and that lead to a difficulties for herself and her husband.
Without ruining the ending, I believe she got what she deserves, but I feel sorry for her husband.
Short story. Poignant. Well written. I read the translated version though :) clean language etc.
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Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed i...more
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“She was simple, not being able to adorn herself, but she was unhappy, as one out of her class; for women belong to no caste, no race, their grace, their beauty and their charm serving them in place of birth and family. Their inborn finesse, their instinctive elegance, their suppleness of wit, are their only aristocracy, making some daughters of the people the equal of great ladies.” 4 likes
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