Mathilde has a caring husband, a roof over her head, and lives as well as any other woman of her station. However, she feels she is above her station in life. As we are told, ˘She had no dresses, no jewelry, nothing. And she loved nothing else; for she felt herself made for that only÷ (De Maupassant 1).
MathildeĂs husband cares for her deeply. He does his best on his small income to provide her with things to make her happy. However, Mathilde is so self-centered she cannot see these efforts as something that should make her happy and content. Instead, her self-centered nature make her snub her husbandĂs efforts. When he brings her home an invitation to a high society event, she throws the invitation on the table ˘with annoyance÷ and murmurs ˘what do you want me to put on my back to go there÷ (De Maupassant 2). Mathilde has a suitable dress she wears to theater but that is not good enough for her. Instead, she insults what she finds her husbandĂs inability to treat her how she feels she deserves to be treated, ˘Give your card to some colleague whose wife has a better outfit than I÷ (De Maupassant 2).
MathildeĂs husband agrees to provide her 400 francs so she can buy a new dress for the affair at the palace of the Ministry. However, true to her proud and selfish nature, once she gets the hard-earned dress Mathilde is still miserable. She tells her husband after sulking for three days, ˘It annoys me not to have a jewel, not a single stone, to p