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  • Literary Period: Realism
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 6
  • Approx. Reading Time: 14 minutes
Short Fiction

The Necklace

The girl was one of those pretty and charming young creatures who sometimes are born, as if by a slip of fate, into a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no expectations, no way of being known, understood, loved, married by any rich and distinguished man; so she let herself be married to a little clerk of the Ministry of Public Instruction.

She dressed plainly because she could not dress well, but she was unhappy as if she had really fallen from a higher station; since with women there is neither caste nor rank, for beauty, grace and charm take the place of family and birth. Natural ingenuity, instinct for what is elegant, a supple mind are their sole hierarchy, and often make of women of the people the equals of the very greatest ladies.

  • Annotated Full Text
  • Literary Period: Realism
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 6
  • Approx. Reading Time: 14 minutes