The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant


Guy de Maupassant’s classic story of appearances, desire, loss and self-deception may well be the saddest story ever written. (If you know of a sadder one, let me know about it here!) His description of the drabness of the Ministry of Public Instruction stems from personal experience: While he came from a bourgeois background himself, he spent a few years as an employee there, and likely had plenty of opportunity to explore the unmet desires and myriad frustrations of its middle class employees and their quietly desperate spouses.

It’s interesting to note that Maupassant despised the Eiffel Tower and regularly ate his lunch in the restaurant at its base since that was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see the thing’s familiar profile.

The Necklace, by Guy de Maupassant {20:14}

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