Once there was a lady named Matilda –
pretty, young having desire to live luxury life, but she
was born in the family of clerk. So having no dowry
she was married to another clerk named Mr. Loisel .
She was living simple life unhappy and unsuccessful
in hiding her wish to be rich.
One day her husband wants her
to take to a ball-party but she
refuse to attend the party as
having no dress. Her husband
brought her a beautiful dress but
the new problem was of no
jewels she had. So she lend one
necklace of diamonds from her
rich friend Mme Forestier. At the
day of ball Matilda was a great
success. She was prettiest of
all and enjoyed, danced and
what not. She was very-very
happy. In the morning she
returned home and when she
had her final look in the mirror
she was very shocked to see
that her necklace was lost. Mr.
and Mrs. Loisel searched for the
necklace everywhere but it was
Finally they got the new exactly
same necklace for thirty-six
thousand. They paid all saving
of them which was eighteen
thousand francs and borrowed
the rest. Here starts the their
miserable life of odious work for
the repay the frightful debt. They
were living poor life. Matilda now
looked older after ten years
because of heavy household
work. She became cruel, harsh
and irritated woman who speaks
loudly. She often thinks of the
night when she lost the necklace
and that how small things can
ruin or save one’s life.
One Sunday she meet her old friend
Mme Forestier who was still young and
pretty and disclose her the fact that she
bought the new diamond necklace in
thirty six thousand as she last her
original necklace. She had to lend debt
for this. At the end of the lesson Mme
Forestier said her necklace was false
and not worth over five hundred francs!
It was the shocking secret for Matilda
and she regret a lot for this.
JAWAHAR NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA
A story of how small a thing will ruin or save one!
…… GUY DE MAUPASSANT