SHE was one of those pretty young ladies, born as if through an error of destiny, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no hopes, no means of becoming known, loved, and married by a man either rich or distinguished, and she allowed herself to marry a petty clerk in the office of the Board of Education. She was simple, but she was unhappy.
She suffered incessantly, feeling born for all the delicacies and luxuries. She suffered from the poverty of her apartment, the shabby walls and the worn chairs. All these things tortured and angered her.
"The Necklace" is a narrative about how human discontent and desires for luxurious lives can lead to trouble. The protagonist of the story is 'Mme Matilda Loisel.' Our heroine and her family are introduced at the start of the story. She was a beautiful young woman who, unfortunately, came from a lower-middle-class family of clerks. Because of her family's financial circumstances, she never had the opportunity to live a luxurious lifestyle. She did not marry a wealthy person but was married to a clerk. Her marriage to a clerk was necessitated by her family could not afford to provide her with a dowry. Her spouse was a clerk working in the Board of Education's office. However, her financial situation following her marriage was not poor but sufficient, though simple. Despite this, she never seemed to have a happy life.
She never lived a happy or fulfilled life and was always unhappy with her financial situation since she yearned for a luxurious, sophisticated lifestyle. She was always irritated by the state of the apartment where she lived with her husband, which had shabby walls and worn chairs. Her low lifestyle, apartment, and longing for a wealthy life made her enraged with her current situation at all times.
Meaning of difficult words:
|Clerk||A person employed in an office or a bank to keep records and accounts and undertake other routine administrative duties|
|Incessantly||Constantly without stopping, especially for something unpleasant|
|Distinguished||Refers to high status or excellence|
|Delicacy||Refers to a sophisticated lifestyle|
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.