Title: The Necklace
Date Read: 2 July 2009
Available Online?: YES (it should be noted though, that the version I read was from the Capuchin Classics edition On Horseback and Other Stories).
Briefly: Invited to an extravagant occasion, the beautiful yet poor Madame Loisel has nothing to wear that would hide the shame of her impoverished lifestyle. Knowing how much attendance would cheer up his wife, her husband offers up his savings so she can buy a dress. Happy, one thing still troubles her – she has no jewelry with which to finish off her costume.
Afterthoughts: This is a great story from De Maupassant which shows him at his story scribing best. He serves up a superbly-crafted lesson in accepting one’s lot, because things could always be a lot worse (oh can’t they just :o)). There’s also a wickedly delicious sting in the tail of this story too.
Notable Quote: “Suddenly she came across, in a black satin box, a superb diamond necklace, and her heart throbbed with a rampant desire. Her hands trembled as she took it. She fastened it round her throat and was lost in ecstasy at her reflection in the mirror.”
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.