Vanity and Pride
MADAME LOISEL: Matilda, my love. I have made the last payment on our debt. We have nothing left for ourselves, but at least we are free from the loan of 20,000 francs.
MADAME LOISEL : Free at last.
MADAME LOISEL: Look! Isn't that Madame Forestier over there? You have not spoken to her since that day. Go talk to her.
MADAME LOISEL : Uh... Hello. Good day.
MADAME FORESTIER: You must have mistaken me for someone else. Excuse me please.
MADAME LOISEL : Jeanne, don't you recognize me? It's me, Matilda.
MADAME FORESTIER: Matilda? But it can't be. You look so worn and old.
MADAME LOISEL : No really, it's me. I've changed because I have had to endure ten hard years of manual labor, scrubbing floors and taking in laundry.
MADAME FORESTIER: My dear, what could have happened to make you do that?
MADAME LOISEL : It was your necklace, or rather my desire to be elegant, that caused this.
MADAME FORESTIER: But how is that possible? I have the necklace. I wore it to the theater just the other night.
MADAME LOISEL : The necklace you have is actually just a replacement. I'm afraid that I lost yours. We borrowed money to purchase a replacement and have spent the past ten years paying off the debt, but today, we have made the last payment.
MADAME FORESTIER: Ten years? Surely it could not have taken that long to pay off the amount needed to replace the necklace?
MADAME LOISEL : What do you mean?
MADAME FORESTIER: Mine was a fake; the replacement should have cost you nothing more than 500 francs. Oh, my poor, poor, dear Matilda.