Mathilde was a pretty, charming woman who was born in a family of clerk. She wished to marry a rich man, but she let herself be married to a little clerk at the Ministry of Public Instruction.
She suffered a lot because she was poor. She felt that she was born for all the delicacies and the luxuries. She suffered from all what she had had. The look of the walls, chairs, curtains made her angry. She had no dresses and no jewels and she loved nothing but that. She liked to please, to be envied, to be charming and to be sought after. .
She had a rich friend, but she didn't like to see her any more because she suffered so much when she came back.
One evening, her husband came with an invitation to a party in the Palace of the Ministry of Instruction.
Her husband thought that she would be happy, but she was sad because she didn't has a suitable dress. Her husband told her that he would buy a new one for her "Come, let us see, Mathilde. How much does would it cost? A suitable dress which you could use on other occasions, something very simple." She wanted four hundred francs and she got them. .
The day of the ball was very near, her dress was ready but she was sad. She told her husband "It annoys me not to have a single jewel, not a single stone, nothing to put on. I shall look like distress. I should almost rather not go at all.".
Her husband reminded her that her rich friend Mme.Forestier had many jewels and she can ask her to lend her some of her jewels.
The next day, she went to her friend, which gave her a box of jewels and let her choose what she wanted. She took a necklace of diamonds and was very happy.
When she went to the ball she was elegant, gracious, smiling, crazy of joy and the prettiest. All the men looked at her even the minister himself. She danced, drank and forgot everything. She was happy for her beauty and success.
At four o'clock in the morning, she left the ball with her husband. When they reached their house, she discovered that she had lost the necklace.