Before Madame Loisel lost the necklace, she was selfish and uncaring towards her husband. She was not content with what she had and always wanted more from life. Years later, when she and her husband had worked enough years to pay back the money for the necklace she lost, Madame Loisel has a different character.
She realizes the errors in her ways and confesses to Madame Forestier, who was the owner of the necklace that she had worked hard to earn the money back to pay for it. Madame Loisel is sorry for her previous character and becomes a person with better morals, after living for ten years in poverty.
- The Necklace
Madame Loisel's story is told in the short tale 'The Necklace', written by Guy de Maupassant in 1884. In the tale, Madame Loisel is the poor wife of a clerk, who wishes for a more prosperous life full of riches and luxuries. She is not satisfied with her small home and dedicated husband.
Her husband, with good intentions, managed to gain two invitations to a party at which those high in society would be attending. He presents the invitations to Loisel as a gift, but is saddened when she turns them away, claiming not to have a suitable dress to wear. Realizing her distress, he gives her 400 francs to buy a dress, even though he had been hoping to buy a rifle with his savings.
After buying a dress she is still not happy, as she has no jewels to wear. Unable to buy any, she borrows from a friend. On the night of the event, from which she gained little enjoyment, Madame Loisel somehow loses the jewels.
She and her husband then work ten years of hard labor to save for new jewels to replace the lost ones. She tells the lender the clasp is broken. At the end, she gives the new jewels back, but sees the Madame Forestier in the park and confesses what happened. Then Madame Forestier reveals the jewels were in reality an imitation, and the story is left on that final note.