The Necklace Essay

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In the following excerpt, O'Faolain asserts that the cleverness of "The Necklace" lies not in the surprise ending but in its realistic portrayal of human relationships and society.

[In "La Parure"] we have a civil-servant, with a pretty little wife. They are poor, as, no doubt, civil servants occasionally are. And being pretty and young she wants to go to dances, and receptions, and mix with people from the Legations and so on, as even poor folk do. One day they get an invitation to an important function, a dance— and for the occasion she naturally wants to look her very best. She can make do with her best frock, but she has no jewels, and she fears that without them she will look just as poor as she is. So she borrows a diamond necklace from a rich school-friend, and delighted, off she goes to the...

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