Celebrating 4 years of blogging – from the early archives. I have always enjoyed short fiction and “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant is a classic that includes my favorite storytelling technique – the ironic twist at the finish!
Guy de Maupassant
I read this short story long ago. Then my kids read it (not too long ago). And because I can’t resist re-reading things my kids bring home, I’ve read it again. I love short stories because of their economy of words and I especially enjoy how many of them end with the ironic twist that keeps you thinking long after you’ve finished reading.
“The Necklace,” by Guy de Maupassant is a perfect example of this style. It’s the story of Mathilde Loisel, a young and beautiful, but common French woman, married to a simple clerk. Believing she deserves better and feeling bitter about her circumstances, she suffers in her daily life. When her husband brings home an invitation to a palace ball, Mathilde’s true character emerges. Thinking she would be excited to go, her husband quickly discovers that his efforts to get the…
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