“Yes, I felt it as we came out.”
“But if you had lost it in the street, we should have heard it fall. It must be in the cab.”
“Yes, it is possible. Did you take the number?”
“No. And you, did you notice what it was?”
They looked at each other, utterly cast down. Finally, Loisel dressed himself again.
“I am going,” he said, “over the track where we went on foot, to see if I can find it.”
And he went. She remained in her evening gown, not having the force to go to bed.
Matilda replied to her husband's query by claiming that she felt the necklace when she left the minister's residence. As a result, her husband assumed it had gotten lost in the cab they took home. He reasoned so as, he felt, they might have heard the sound of the necklace if it had fallen on the ground.
Unfortunately, the couple did not take down the cab's number because they were in a hurry to get to their apartment and rest. Moreover, they did not expect such a tragedy to happen.
The couple looked at each other, depressed and not knowing what to do or where to search for the jewel. After a few minutes, Loisel dressed himself again and got out of his apartment to track down the jewel. And Matilda stayed awake as she waited for her husband to come home. She did not want to sleep until he got home because she was afraid of losing the necklace.
Meaning of difficult words:
|Cast down||Feeling depressed|
NatiNational 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.