The Necklace

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Teacher: Children let’s continue with the story. Each month Mathilde & Loisel had to pay some loans, renew others, get more time. Her husband worked extra, every evening, doing accounts for a tradesman, and often, late into the night, he sat copying a manuscript at five sous a page.And this life lasted ten years. At the end of ten years they had paid off everything, even the interest. Madame Loisel looked old now. Often, she brooded over the past - What would have happened if she had not lost that necklace? How strange life is, how fickle! How little is needed for one to be ruined or saved! One Sunday, as she was walking in the Champs Élysées suddenly she saw Madame Forestier, still young, still beautiful, and still charming. Madame Loisel felt emotional. Should Loisel speak to her? Yes, of course. And now that she had paid, she would tell her all. She went up to her, and said “Good morning, Jeanne.” Forestier was astonished to be addressed so familiarly by this common woman, did not recognize her. She stammered: “But-Madame -I don’t know. You must have made a mistake.” Mathilde said “No, I am Mathilde Loisel.” Her friend uttered a cry, “Oh! my poor Mathilde, how you’ve changed ! ” Mathilde said “Yes, I have had some hard times since I last saw you, and many miseries ... and all because of you! ” Mrs. Forestier was surprised. She asked “Me ? How can that be?”