He replied, “You can wear some natural flowers. In this season they look very chic.”
     She was not convinced. “No”, she replied, “there is nothing more humiliating than having a shabby air in the midst of rich women.”
     Then her husband cried out, “How stupid we are! Go and find your friend Mme Forestier and ask her to lend you her jewels.
     She uttered a cry of joy. “It is true!” she said. “I had not thought of that.”
     The next day, she took herself to her friend’s house and related her story of distress. Mme Forestier went to her closet, took out a large jewel-case, brought it, opened it, and said, “Choose, my dear.”
When Matilda explained her problem that she had no jewels for her dress, her husband replied that she could wear some natural flowers. Matilda's husband told her so because he thought it might look elegant and attractive. But, Matilda replied, she could not do that as it might make her look cheap among the rich women at the party. Suddenly, an idea stuck with Matilda's husband. It was to get some jewels from Matilda's friend, Mme Forestier. On hearing her husband's idea, Matilda became very happy, as it seemed to be a great idea for her.
The very next day, she went to Mme Forestier's house to ask her to lend her jewels. When Matilda explained her pathetic situation to her friend and asked her for jewels, her friend did not hesitate to lend her jewels. She, at once, went into her closet, took out a large jewel-case, brought it near Matilda, and asked her to choose anything she liked.
Meaning of difficult words:
Chic Elegant and attractive
HumiliateTo make someone feel ashamed
MidstIn the middle of
Shabby airWorst/poor surrounding
ClosetRefers to a tall cupboard or a wardrobe
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.