Toward 7 o’clock, her husband returned. He had found nothing.
 
     He went to the police and to the cab offices and put an advertisement in the newspapers, offering a reward.
 
     She waited all day in a state of bewilderment before this frightful disaster. Loisel returned in the evening, his face pale; he had discovered nothing.
 
     He said, “Write to your friend that you have broken the clasp of the necklace and that you will have it repaired. That will give us time.”
 
     She wrote as he dictated.
 
     At the end of a week, they had lost all hope. And Loisel, older by five years, declared, “We must replace this jewel.”
Explanation:
 
Matilda's husband kept searching for the jewels till seven o'clock in the morning, but he couldn't find the jewel. He complained about the loss of his necklace to policemen and the cab offices, and had also placed an advertisement in the newspapers offering a reward for those who brought their necklace. But, nothing seems to work out. Matilda waited all day long for her husband to return with the necklace, but it didn't happen. And so, Loisel told his wife to write to Mme. Forestier that they had given the necklace to be repaired as the hook of the necklace had broken. She did so with the hope that they would be able to find the necklace.
 
After looking for it for almost a week, they decided to buy another necklace for Mme. Forestier as they were not able to find the original one.
 
Meaning of difficult words:
 
S.No
Words
Meaning
1.
Bewilderment A feeling or state of confusion
2.
DisasterA sudden accident or an incident causing great loss or damage
3.
Clasp An object or meta that holds something
Reference:
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). The Necklace - Guy De Maupassant (pp 39-45). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.