Monday, 1 June 2009

SS: 'The Necklace' by Guy de Maupassant

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'The Necklace' written in 1884 is a tale with a moral.
It starts with the introduction of a pretty young woman, "born as through an error of destiny" into a poor family. She has no hopes of becoming rich, of marrying a wealthy man or having all the things she wished for. Knowing this she marries a poor man and settles unhappily into life.
Life changes when her husband brings home an invite for a ball, they scrape together enough money for her to have a suitable dress, and she borrows a diamond necklace from a friend as she is desperate not to appear poor to the other women.
Arriving home after being declared the most beautiful woman at the ball she realises the necklace is missing. With no hope of finding the necklace a replacement must be brought at great cost and debt to the couple. They hand over the replacement necklace hoping the friend will never know the difference.
Now they really know what a life of poverty and drudgery is.

My first short story read for the Orbis Terrarum Short Story Mini Challenge (which I happen to be holding right here)

1 comment:

Trin said...

you have won an award,