Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" is about a young woman who pictures herself surrounded by all the luxuries a woman desires but has let herself be married off to a minor clerk. Her husband struggles to get them an invitation to a fancy ball. When he brings home the invitation, she is disgusted because she has no gown or jewels to wear to the ball. The woman's husband givers her all his money he has saved to buy a new gown and tells her to go to her rich friend to borrow some jewels. So the woman goes to her friend and picks out the necklace with the biggest jewels on it. The two go to the ball, and the woman is the belle of the ball and dances all night while her husband finds a quiet place to nap. The party is over, and the two head home. The woman takes one more admiring look in the mirror and realizes the necklace is gone. Jer husband rushes back to check everywhere they were to find it, but he has no luck. They are not sure what to do, so they tell the woman's friend that they broke the clasp and in is being fixed. Soon they begin to look for a replacement necklace, and finally they find one but the cost is 36,000 francs. They borrow money anywhere they can and finally get the necklace bought and returned to her friend. Then they begin to pay the money back. The woman takes over all the housework, and the husband works more jobs to pay off their debt. Finally after ten years the debt is paid. Both of them have aged quickly with the hard work. One Sunday, while the woman walks in the park she sees her rich friend and thinks it is time to tell her the truth. At first her friend does not recognize her because she had aged so much. She tells her friend how she lost the necklace and had to go into great debt to buy a replacement.