He is so confused that he does not even remember if he said he was going or not. In any case, the girl says she looked forward to going, but she will not be able to go because she has to go to a retreat at her convent. It is not so much important what she is saying to him, because he is paying most of his attention to watching her every move, as before:
She has come from a powerful family, and she believes she is superior because of that. He tells her that that was a long time ago, and she is no longer a part of anything powerful. She tells him his great-grandfather "had a plantation and two hundred slaves" and he says "There are no more slaves" (1282). She longs for the time when the relations between the races was clear, when whites controlled blacks and blacks knew their place. She is not against blacks improving themselves, but she believes that the races should remain separate.
de Maupassant, Guy. "The Necklace." 1131-1138.
has a rich friend, but she doesn't like to visit the woman because she feels worse than ever about her life when she comes back home.
She was waiting for us, her figure defined by the light from the half-opened door. . . . I stood by the railings looking at her. Her dress swung as she moved her body, and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side. . . . Her name sprang to my lips at moments in strange prayers and praises which I myself did not understand. My eyes were often full of tears . . . and. . . a flood from my heart seemed to pour itself out into my bosom (789-790).
The woman lends Mathilde the necklace without hesitation and she wears it to the ball. Mathilde was the hit of the ball, coming alive in her dress and necklace as never before. She is admired by all the men. She is "crazy with joy" and "danced with intoxication, with passion, made drunk by pleasure, forgetting all, in the triumph of her beauty, in the glory of her success" (1134).
The boy knows on some level that his feelings are so fragile that the