The day of the ball arrived. Mme Loisel was a great success. She was the prettiest of all—elegant, gracious, smiling, and full of joy. All the men noticed her, asked her name, and wanted to be presented.
She danced with enthusiasm, intoxicated with pleasure, thinking of nothing but all this admiration, this victory so complete and sweet to her heart.
She went home towards 4 o’clock in the morning. Her husband had been half asleep in one of the little salons since midnight, with three other gentlemen whose wives were enjoying themselves very much.
He threw around her shoulders the modest wraps they had carried, whose poverty clashed with the elegance of the ball costume. She wished to hurry away in order not to be noticed by the other women who were wrapping themselves in rich furs.
The ball arrived. Matilda's party wear, jewels, etc., added beauty to her pretty face. She was the prettiest, most gracious, and most elegant of all women in the party hall. All the men who attended the party noticed Matilda and wanted to dance with her. Matilda was so happy and danced with enthusiasm and excitement. Her dream of enjoying a luxurious party came true. In fact, she had been longing to have such a moment in her life. People admired her beauty, elegance, and gracious moves at the party. She enjoyed the party and was happy that people noticed, admired and danced with her.
Finally, she went home with her husband around 4 o'clock in the morning. Matilda's husband had been sleeping in one of the ballrooms since midnight along with the other husbands whose wives were also dancing like Matilda. She then made an effort to leave the party soon because her coat looked so modest, which did not go with her rich party look. She wished to hurry away in order not to be noticed by any rich woman who wrapped herself in rich furs.
Meaning of difficult words:
|Intoxicate||To become excited happy and become slightly out of control|
|Enthusiasm||Marked by strong energy and excitement|
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.