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"The Necklace"
by Guy de Maupassant

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Synopsis of the play.

Charles and Marsha are invited to a fashionable party. Marsha has nothing to wear. Charles gives her the money to buy a new dress. After she buys the dress, she says she must have jewelry to go with it and borrows a necklace from an old friend. On the night of the party, Marsha has a wonderful time and leaves for home elated, convinced that she belongs to the world of the rich. Once home, however, she discovers that she has lost the necklace. She and her husband search everywhere but are unable to find it. Marsha convinces Charles that they should not tell her friend about the lost necklace, but instead they should go into debt to buy a replacement. It takes ten years of struggle and suffering to repay the money. In that time, Marsha ages considerably. In the park one day, after the money has been repaid, Marsha meets the friend from whom she had borrowed the necklace and tells her that she lost the one she borrowed and replaced it with a new one. Her friend, shocked at Marsha's appearance, sadly tells her that the borrowed necklace was not made of real diamonds. It was worth a mere $25.00.

 

 
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