"The Necklace" is a short story by Buy De Maupassant about Madame Mathilde Loisel and her husband. They are both relatively poor, and Madhilde desires status and wealth. Her husband manages to get invitations to a Ministry of Education party, spending his last money on a dress for her. Mathilde borrows a diamond necklace from Madame Forestier and, after the party, loses it. She borrows money to replace it, spending the next ten years in miserable poverty until finally learning from Forestier that the necklace was but a cheap imitation.