Footprint without Feet Chapter 7 - The Necklace Question Answers


NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English Footprint without Feet The Necklace Important Question Answers Lesson 7

Class 10 English The Necklace Question Answers – Looking for The Necklace question answers (NCERT solutions) for CBSE Class 10 English Footprint Without Feet Book Chapter 7? Look no further! Our comprehensive compilation of important questions will help you brush up on your subject knowledge. Practising Class 10 English question answers can significantly improve your performance in the board exam. Our solutions provide a clear idea of how to write the answers effectively. Improve your chances of scoring high marks by exploring Chapter 7: The Necklace question answers now. The questions listed below are based on the latest CBSE exam pattern, wherein we have given NCERT solutions to the chapter’s extract based questions, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and long answer questions.

Also, practising with different kinds of questions can help students learn new ways to solve problems that they may not have seen before. This can ultimately lead to a deeper understanding of the subject matter and better performance on exams. 


Class 10 English The Necklace Question Answers Lesson 7 – Extract Based Questions

Extract-based questions are of the multiple-choice variety, and students must select the correct option for each question by carefully reading the passage.

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A. “She suffered incessantly, feeling herself born for all delicacies and luxuries. She suffered from the poverty of her apartment, the shabby walls and the worn chairs. All these things tortured and angered her.
When she seated herself for dinner opposite her husband who uncovered the tureen with a delighted air, saying, “Oh! the good pot pie! I know nothing better than that…,” she would think of elegant dinners of shining silver; she thought of the exquisite food served in marvelous dishes. She had neither frocks nor jewels, nothing. And she loved only those things. She had a rich friend, a schoolmate at the convent, who she did not like to visit- she suffered so much when she returned. She wept for whole days from despair and disappointment.” (CBSE QB,2021)


1.  Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract. 

  1. Matilda was very pleased with her life. 
  2. Matilda envied her friend for being well-off. 
  3. M Loisel didn’t appreciate what Matilda cooked. 
  4. Matilda despised the fact that she lived a life of poverty. 
  5. Matilda never felt troubled, though she desired a luxurious life. 
  6. Matilda thought of grand dinners and silverware sitting at the dinner table. 
  7. Matilda felt depressed after visiting her friend.

A) 1, 3, 6
B) 3, 5, 7
C) 1, 3, 5
D) 2, 4, 7
Ans. C) 1, 3, 5

2. Which word does ‘delicacies’ NOT correspond to?
A) etherealness
B) elegance
C) exquisiteness
D) robustness
Ans. D) robustness

3. Choose the answer that lists the correct option of what a ‘tureen’ is?


A) Option (i)
B) Option (ii)
C) Option (iii)
D) Option (iv)
Ans. C) Option (iii)

4. Choose the characteristic displayed by M Loisel in the extract.
A) conceited
B) contended
C) appeased
D) subdued
Ans. B) contended

5. The extract uses the phrase ‘elegant dinners’. Which of the following expressions is incorrect with respect to the word ‘elegant’?

elegant dinners

A) option i)
B) option ii)
C) option iii)
D) option iv)
Ans. C) option iii)

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B. “He was silent, stupefied, in dismay, at the sight of his wife weeping. He stammered, “What is the matter? What is the matter?”
By a violent effort, she had controlled her vexation and responded in a calm voice, wiping her moist cheeks, “Nothing. Only I have no dress and consequently I cannot go to this affair. Give your card to some colleague whose wife is better fitted out than I.’’
He was grieved, but answered, “Let us see, Matilda. How much would a suitable costume cost, something that would serve for other occasions, something very simple?” She reflected for some seconds thinking of a sum that she could ask for without bringing with it an immediate refusal and a frightened exclamation from the economical clerk.”  (CBSE QB,2021)


1.  What does ‘economical clerk’ indicate?
A) M Loisel was a spendthrift even though he earned a lot.
B) M Loisel was thrifty as he had a meager income.
C) M Loisel calculated money all the time as he was a clerk.
D) M Loisel was stingy about money and didn’t spend it.
Ans. B) M Loisel was thrifty as he had a meager income.

2. Pick the option that correctly classifies fact/s (F) and opinion/s (O) of the people below:


A) F-1, 2 and O-3, 4
B) F-3, O-1, 2, 4
C) F-2, 4, O-1, 3
D) F-2, 3, 4, O-1
Ans. B) F-3, O-1, 2, 4

3. Pick the correct set that matches with the feelings of the highlighted words related to the characters: 

Matilda: By a violent effort, she had controlled… 

M Loisel: He was grieved….

i) Matilda felt aggressive; M Loisel was troubled
ii) Matilda was irritated; M Loisel was upset and cried
iii) Matilda tried extremely hard; M Loisel felt intense sorrow
iv) Matilda was quite calm; M Loisel’s heart ached for love

A) Option i)
B) Option ii)
C) Option iii)
D) Option iv)
Ans. C) Option iii)

4. M Loisel was astonished seeing his wife’s reaction. He wrote a diary entry that night. Complete the entry by with the missing words, by choosing the correct option

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Complete the entry

A) i) vexed ii) disturbed iii) bring
B) i) elated ii) destroyed iii) afford
C) i) keen ii) depressed iii) bring
D) i) elated ii) distressed iii) afford
Ans. D) i) elated ii) distressed iii) afford

5 Choose the option that gives the most appropriate response to the statement made by the speaker



A) I think Matilda was being unreasonable and unrealistic.
B) I feel that M Loisel loved Matilda and wanted her to be happy.
C) In my opinion M Loisel was being too harsh with Matilda.
D) I feel that M Loisel should not have brought the invite home.
Ans. B) I feel that M Loisel loved Matilda and wanted her to be happy.

C. One evening her husband returned an elated bearing in his hand, a large envelope. ‘Here’, he said, “here is something for you. ”She quickly drew out a printed card on which were inscribed these words:
“The Minister of Public Instruction and Madame George Ramponneau ask the honour of M. and Mme Loisel’s company. Monday asks the honour of M. and Mme Loisel’s company. Monday evening, January 18, at the Minister’s residence. evening, January 18, at the Minister’s residence.”
Instead of being delighted, as her husband had hoped, she threw the invitation spitefully upon the table murmuring, “What do you suppose I want with that?”

A) Why was the husband elated?
Ans. The husband was elated as he brought home an invite to the Minister’s residence. He knew it would make his wife happy.

B) What was the reaction from ‘you’?
Ans.  ‘You’ or his wife, unexpectedly, was not the least happy and she made her displeasure very obvious.

C) Find the word from the extract that means the same as ‘wrapper’.
Ans. ‘Envelope’ means the same as ‘wrapper’ from the extract.

D) What is the antonym of ‘elated’?
Ans. The antonym of ‘elated’ is ‘sad’.


D. “He threw around her shoulders those modest wraps they had carried whose poverty clashed with the elegance of the ball costume. She wished to hurry away in order not to be noticed by the other women who were wrapping themselves in rich furs.
Loisel detained her, “Wait,” said he. “I am going to call a cab.” But she would not listen and descended the steps rapidly. When they were in the street, they found no carriage; and they began to seek for one, hailing the coachmen whom they saw at a distance. They walked along toward the river, hopeless and shivering. Finally they found one of those old carriages that one sees in Paris after nightfall.”

A) What precedes these fines?
Ans. These lines follow Matilda’s success at the ball where she was idolized. Her beauty and elegance was praised by everyone.

B) ‘She’ wished to hurry away. Why?
Ans. She, ‘Matilda’ did not wish to shatter the illusion of her grandeur that she had so successfully managed to convey to others by putting on such a shabby wrap. So, she wished to hurry away to escape the notice of the rich women.

C) Which word in the given extract is a synonym of ‘not expensive’?
Ans. ‘Modest’ is the synonym of ‘not expensive’ from the extract.

D) What is the opposite of ‘poverty’?
Ans. The opposite of ‘poverty’ is ‘affluence’.


E. “She learned the odious work of a kitchen. She washed the dishes. She washed the soiled linen, their clothes and dishcloths, which she hung on the line to dry; she took down the refuse to the street each morning and brought up the water, stopping at each landing to catch her breath. And, clothed like a woman of the people, she went to the grocer’s, the butcher’s and the fruiterer’s, with her basket on her arm, shopping, haggling to the last sou of her miserable money.
The husband worked evenings, putting the books of some merchants in order, and nights he often did copying at five sous a page. And this life lasted for ten years. At the end of ten years, they had restored all. Mme Loisel seemed old now. She had become a strong, hard woman, the crude woman of the poor household. Her hair badly dressed, her skirts awry, her hands red, she spoke in a loud tone, and washed the floors with large pails of water.”

A) Who seemed old now? .
Ans. Matilda seemed old now.

B) What had made her ‘crude’?|
Ans. Ten long years of poverty, and a constant struggle and strife for survival had made her ‘crude’.

C) Which word in the given extract is an antonym to ‘pleasant’?
Ans. ‘Odious’ is the antonym of ‘pleasant’ in the extract.

D) What part of speech is ‘crude’ in the extract?
Ans. It is an adjective.


Class 10 English Footprint without Feet The Necklace Lesson 7 Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are a type of objective assessment in which a person is asked to choose one or more correct answers from a list of available options. An MCQ presents a question along with several possible answers.


Q1. Who did he receive an invitation from?
A) the Minister of Public Instruction
B) the Minister of Public Health
C) the Minister of Public Safety
D) the Minister of Public Education
Ans. A) the Minister of Public Instruction

Q2. Why did Matilda throw away the letter?
A) she had nothing to wear
B) she had no jewelry to carry
C) she had no bag to carry
D) both A and B
Ans. D) both A and B

Q3. What do you mean by the word “dismay”?
A) shock
B) surprise
C) concern
D) all of these
Ans. D) all of these

Q4. What did M Loisel’s face look like upon hearing the amount her wife asked from him?
A) pale
B) fine
C) unbothered
D) none of the above
Ans. A) pale

Q5. What was M Loisel planning to do with the money he had saved?
A) buy her a dress
B) buy a gun for himself
C) invest somewhere
D) all of these
Ans. B) buy a gun for himself

Q6. Did M Loisel agree to give his wife that money?
A) yes
B) no
C) maybe
D) none of the above
Ans. A) yes

Q7. What seemed like the next problem to Matilda?
A) not finding a dress good enough
B) having no jewels
C) there was no problem
D) none of the above
Ans. B) having no jewels

Q8. What solution did Matilda’s husband come up with?
A) helping her find a dress
B) telling her to wear natural flowers in the name of jewels
C) he didn’t suggest anything
D) none of the above
Ans. B) telling her to wear natural flowers in the name of jewels

Q9. What solution did the Loisels come up with?
A) wearing natural flowers in the name of jewels
B) asking her friend to lend some of her jewels
C) buy some new jewelry
D) none of the above
Ans. B) asking her friend to lend some of her jewels

Q10. How did Matilda look on the day of the ball?
A) elegant
B) gracious
C) full of joy
D) all of these
Ans. D) all of these

Q11. What did Mme Loisel do at the party?
A) danced with enthusiasm
B) intoxicated with pleasure
C) thought of all the admiration
D) all of these
Ans. D) all of these

Q12. Why did Matilda utter a cry?
A) seeing other ladies wrapping themselves in fur
B) poverty
C) the jewels were not to be seen when she reached home
D) none of the above
Ans. C) the jewels were not to be seen when she reached home

Q13. What did they do as an attempt to find the necklace?
A) he went looking for it
B) went to the police
C) posted an advertisement for ir offering a reward
D) all of these
Ans. D) all of these

Q14. What did they do to buy themselves time?
A) stopped answering the friend’s calls
B) wrote to her that the jewel needs repair
C) distracted her from the necklace
D) none of the above
Ans. D) none of the above

Q15. How did they pay for the new jewels?
A) using the money gave by his father
B) borrowing
C) her money
D) both 1 and 2
Ans. D) both 1 and 2

Q16. What did the Loisels do to repay?
A) sent away the maid
B) change their lodgings
C) husband working the evenings and nights too
D) all of these
Ans. D) all of these

Q17. How long did the struggle continue for?
A) 6 months
B) 1 year
C) 2 years
D) 10 years
Ans. D) 10 years

Q18. Did her friend recognise Matilda years later?
A) yes
B) no
C) they did not bump into each other
D) none of the above
Ans. B) no

Q19. What did Mailda’s friend say when she was told the entire story?
A) she was angry
B) she hated her for that
C) she cursed her
D) she told that hers were false
Ans. D) she told that hers were false

Q20. How much was the necklace actually worth?
A) forty thousand
B) thirty six thousand
C) five hundred
D) none of the above
Ans. C) five hundred


Class 10 English The Necklace Short Question Answers (including questions from Previous Years Question Papers)


In this post we are also providing important short answer questions from the chapter The Necklace for CBSE Class 10 Boards in the coming session. These questions have been taken from previous years class 10 Board exams and the year is mentioned in the bracket along with the question.


Q1. Mme Loisel now knew the horrible life of necessity. Do you think Mme Loisel accepted this change willingly? Give two reasons in support of your answer.  (CBSE QB,2021)

Answer: Yes, I believe Mme Loisel willingly accepted this change for the following reasons.

(i)She recognised that in order to pay the debt, she would have to reduce her luxuries.

(ii) She learned the kitchen work, washed the clothes, brought up the water from the street, and sent the maid away to help save money for debt repayment.

Q2. Mention two things you would have done, other than what M Loisel did, to help resolve the problem of the lost necklace.  (CBSE QB,2021)

Answer:  Other than what M Loisel did, the two things I would do to help resolve the problem of the lost necklace are as follows:

(i) I would have told Mme Forestier the whole truth and asked for her forgiveness.

(ii) I would have also promised her that the necklace would be replaced as soon as possible.

Q3. Mention one of the most pleasurable things, according to you, that money can’t buy and support your choice with an appropriate reason. (CBSE QB,2021)

Answer:  Money can buy us everything except happiness and peace of mind. One should always be content with what they have and not fantasize about what they could have. A person can make a lot of money and still be unhappy and dissatisfied. A lack of understanding or love between spouses may exist, which money cannot buy as observed in the chapter ‘The Necklace’. 

Q4. Why did Matilda throw the invitation spitefully?

Answer: Matilda was irritated when her husband showed her the invitation. She was humiliated and threw the invitation away spitefully because she lacked the appropriate attire for such a grand occasion.

Q5. Do you think M Loisel had an enjoyable evening at the ball? Give reasons for your answer.

Answer:  At the ball, Mme Loisel was the center of attention. Her beauty, grace, joy, and stunning smile captivated everyone. Men wished to be introduced to her. She rejoiced in her triumph over all.

Q6. Describe Mme Loisel after ten years.

Answer: Matilda’s youth and beauty are taken away by ten years of poverty and hardship. She transforms into a strong and hard woman with unkempt hair and ragged red hands.

Q7. How had the sacrifice of Mme Loisel been in vain?

Answer: The story’s irony is based on the fact that the Loisel’s work and save for ten years to pay for a necklace that turns out to be a cheap imitation, thus making the sacrifice of the Loisels in vain. 

Q8. Imagine Matilda got to know that M Loisel had given her four hundred francs, which he had saved to buy a gun. How do you think she would have reacted? (CBSE QB,2021)

Answer:  I doubt she would have reacted any differently. She was a self-conscious woman who was only concerned with her own comforts in life. Though her husband M Loisel adored her, she never returned his feelings in the same way throughout the story. She was a rash and impatient woman who reacted angrily to the situation. Even if she would have discovered that M. Loisel had kept the money to buy the gun, she would not have cared because she wanted to look her best at the ball.

Q9. Why was Matilda’s friend astonished to see her at the end of the story? (CBSE,2012)


What mademe Forestier exclaim in astonishment, when she saw Matilda, years after the Minister’s ball? (CBSE Sample Paper 2020)

Answer:  Matilda’s friend, Jeanne, couldn’t recognise her because she appeared to be an old and worn out poor woman. Matilda was no longer her former lovely and cheerful self.

Q10. How did Loisels manage to pay for the necklace?

Answer: Loisels paid 36,000 francs for the necklace. Loisel had to contribute his entire inheritance of eighteen thousand francs, with the remainder borrowed from usurers.

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Q11.Briefly state how Matilda invited ‘a dreadful life of necessity’ into her family.(CBSE Sample Paper 2021)

Answer. When Matilda lost her friend’s diamond necklace, her extreme pride in her beauty, conceited fantasies, and greed for expensive jewellery landed her in a hand-to-mouth existence. The ordeal she had to go through then took away her beauty, her prized possession that had been the source of her dissatisfaction. Thus, inviting ‘a dreadful life of necessity’ into her family.


Class 10 The Necklace Long Answer Questions Lesson 7


Q1. What according to you is the theme of the Chapter ‘The Necklace’?

Answer:  ‘The Necklace’ is a satire with a strong message about human values. The first thing this lesson teaches us is that everyone should be content with whatever little they have in life. Living within one’s means avoids unnecessary problems, anxieties, and confusion in life. The story’s most important message is that we should be ourselves. Most people have a facade that they want to be like someone they are not in order to be liked by others. However, all individuals must understand that you cannot change what your policy does not even need to be like someone.

Our sufferings are caused by false pride or show-off. Mrs Loisel had misplaced the necklace she had borrowed from a friend, and instead of confessing to the owner, she went into further debt and poverty in order to repay the amount. The story emphasizes the importance of being content with what one has and the negative effects of pride and vanity.

Q2. Mme Loisel’s disposition invites her doom. Comment in the context of the text you’ve read.

Answer:   Mme Loisel is from a family of clerks. Her life is quite ordinary. They make enough money to meet their basic needs but not to pursue their dreams. She marries a clerk and becomes so engrossed in her fantasies of wealth and pleasure that she loses touch with reality. She spends 400 francs on a gorgeous dress just to keep up appearances and to flatter her pride. And, still unsatisfied, she borrows a necklace from a friend. And all of this is to impress the wealthy and wealthy with her beauty and glamor (even if on loan).

Her pride is undeniably pleased, and her desire for fine dining, expensive dresses, and jewels is granted, albeit at a high cost. Unfortunately, the necklace has been lost, and the couple will have to spend their entire inheritance and borrow to replace it. Debt repayment consumes the next ten years of their youth. They are impoverished. All of the housework and worries of a poor life come to visit them. As a result, her disposition invites her doom.

Q3. Read the following quote:

“We are too involved in materialistic things, and they don’t satisfy us. The loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.” – Mitch Albom 

Matilda was never satisfied with her life and desired more. The given quote reflects her character. Justify.  (CBSE QB, 2021)

Answer: Matilda had always desired glamor and luxuries in her life. She was only interested in material things and had few emotions. The fact that she had such a loving and caring husband and a good, simple life with him wasn’t enough for her. She never accepted her bad luck and was never grateful for all the good things in her life, including a loving, caring, and honest husband. Her husband gave her the money he had saved to make her happy, but even after she had spent it on a dress, she desired jewels. This yearning caused problems in her and her husband’s lives, and they lived in poverty for ten years. While she completed all of her household chores.

  1. Loisel worked both during the day and at night. In the end, she appeared old and troubled, and she discovered that the necklace wasn’t even that expensive, and that all their troubles and debt were for naught.

None of her problems would have occurred if she had accepted and been content with what they had. Her greedy and dissatisfied nature led to a miserable life of extreme poverty for both of them.

Q4. Mme Forestier proved to be a true friend. Elucidate.(CBSE, 2015)

Answer:  Mme Forestier proves to be an intriguing character. She is very important in the story. As Matilda’s friend, we find her to be very genuine as she assists Matilda in her hour of need. Mme Loisel goes to Mme Forestier when she needs to borrow jewels. Mme Forestier doesn’t object. She generously opens up her entire collection of jewels for Matilda to choose from. She is also considerate when Loisels postpones the return of the necklace. Surprisingly, she concludes the entire narrative at the end of the story.

She reveals to Matilda, without hesitation, that her necklace was a fake one. She is unconcerned about the possibility of having to return the necklace. It demonstrates her sincerity. Rather, she, like a true friend, feels sorry for Matilda’s unnecessary pain. She is sympathizing with Mme Loisel. She is a true gem of a friend.

Q5. Do you think the story is aptly titled? Justify your answer.

Answer: The entire plot of the story ‘The Necklace’ revolves around a young woman named Matilda, who borrows a necklace in her foolish pride, inviting misery and sorrow for herself and her husband. The ‘necklace’ has been lost, and the Loisels are now deeply in debt. They spend the next ten years of their lives paying off debt to replace the lost necklace. Their entire life revolves around an impoverished daily saga of misery and hunger, and the necklace, in fact, alters the course of their life. Matilda’s pride and dishonesty are also highlighted against the backdrop of the necklace.

At the same time, the necklace serves as a plot twist at the end, as it is revealed to be a fake. The story is thus aptly titled, as the necklace is the main character in this ironic tale of desire, doom, and tragedy.

Q6. One of your friends has to attend a class party at his / her school and wants to purchase the most expensive clothes and shows. He/ She feels that this would make him/ her stand out in the crowd. You receive a call from your friend seeking advice on this matter. Write down that telephonic conversation between your friend and yourself. (CBSE QB,2021)

You may begin this way: 

Friend: Hey, I want an honest opinion from you. Will you please help me? 

You: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Friend: So, there’s this class party I have to attend. It’s a big deal! 

You: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Answer:  Friend: Hey, I want an honest opinion from you. Will you please help me? 

You: Of course, I will. Tell me about it? 

Friend: So, there’s this class party I have to attend. It’s a big deal! Now I am in a dilemma over what to buy and how much to spend to get recognition there. 

You: Ha ha ha ha! Not so difficult my dear! You know, every person would look the same in a similar type of fashion that they would carry in the party. However, if you will adhere to your personality, to who you are and will go in something that suits your personality rather than going with the trend. I am sure you will rock it. 

Friend: That’s a good idea. Let me just try it. You are the best advice when it comes to suggesting something. Thanks, any ways for such an enlightenment my friend Ha, ha ha

Q7. Imagine you’re one of the columnists in a magazine. People write to you about their issues, seeking your advice. Matilda writes to you about the guilt she feels for having lost a necklace and how it changed the course of her life and her husband’s. What would be your advice to her? (CBSE QB,2021)

Answer:  My Advice to Matilda: 

Well, Matilda!

Everything happens for the best. Matilda, instill in her a sense of acceptance. Acceptance of reality is critical for happiness and fulfillment in life.

Nobody can bring a person down once she or he accepts who she or he is and all that life has to offer. Take it as a destiny, Matilda, and accept that you were destined to be born into a poor family and marry a simple clerk who couldn’t afford any riches. Going beyond your capabilities causes problems and concerns. You’ve had a lot of practice now. So, think about the bright side of life and learn from your mistakes.

I am sure you will be out of it soon. Once you have overcome it, it is sure this lesson would help you understand that contentment is key to happiness.

Q8. “Love is blind” is a phrase that was justified by Monsieur Loisel in the lesson “The Necklace Substantiate the answer from the story you have read in about 100- 120 words

Answer: Monsieur Loisel’s acceptance and contentment contrast sharply with Matilda’s emotional outbursts and constant dissatisfaction, and though he never fully comprehends his wife, he strives to please her. Monsieur Loisel tries to appease Matilda blindly, only wanting to make her happy. When she says she can’t go to the party because she doesn’t have anything to wear, he gives her money to buy a dress. When she complains about not having proper jewelry, he advises her to go to Madame Forestier and borrow some.

When Matilda loses the necklace, Monsieur Loisel’s eagerness and willingness to please her proves to be his undoing. He is the one who devises a strategy for purchasing a replacement necklace and manages the loans and mortgages that make it possible. Despite the fact that the decision has cost him ten years of hard work, he does not complain or fantasize about a different outcome. It’s as if his desires don’t exist, or if they do, they’re meaningless if they get in the way of Matilda’s proving the phrase “Love is Blind” true in context with Monsieur Loisel. 

Q9. Matilda goes home after meeting Mme Forestier after ten years and shares the fact with M Loisel that the necklace was a false one. Write the dialogue between Matilda and M Loisel (CBSE QB,2021)

Matilda: I don’t know how to tell you this but I met Mme Forestier today and she told me that her necklace was 

M Loisel: What! I can’t believe my ears. That huge debt was for nothing! 

Matilda: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………

M Loisel: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….


Matilda: I’m not sure how to tell you this, but I met Madame Forestier today, and she revealed to me that her necklace was a forgery. 

M Loisel: What are you talking about? I can’t believe what I’m hearing. That massive debt was for naught!

Matilda: It’s surprising, M Loisel, that we had to go through so much. I’m not sure what God had planned for us. 

M Loisel: It’s truly shocking! Unbelievable. She told you everything herself. 

Matilda: Madame Forestier was stunned; she couldn’t believe we’d gone through so much for the sake of a fake necklace. 

  1. Loisel: What do you think we should do next?

Matilda: Well! We can ask her to give back the real diamond necklace to us. So, that we can repay our debts. M Loisel: What if she refuses? Matilda: Well! Madame Forestier is a friend of mine. She will never refuse. I am sure. Let me just speak to her.

M Loisel: Do what you feel like.

Q10. Mme Forestier writes a diary entry after having met Matilda, knowing the truth and seeing the transformation in her friend. Write a short diary entry as Mme Forestier about your encounter and how you felt. (CBSE QB,2021)

You may begin like this:

20th July, Monday                                                                                                         9:00 pm 

I couldn’t recognise Matilda at all. I wish she had told me the truth about the necklace.


20th July Monday                                                                                                 9:00 pm

Matilda was completely unfamiliar to me. I wish she had told me the truth about the necklace. I can’t imagine the difficulties Matilda had to endure during the ten years that her appearance changed dramatically. I feel guilty that Matilda and her husband had to live in abject poverty for a necklace that cost no more than 500 francs. Matilda would not have had to go through this ordeal if she had told me the truth about losing the necklace.

Madame Forestier

Q11. Ostentation and vanity often land people in trouble. Matilda is an apt example of this. Justify.(CBSE Sample Paper 2019)

Answer. It is a universal and time-tested fact that ostentation and vanity frequently lead to trouble. Matilda is an excellent example. Wise men have always stressed the axiom, “Cut your coat according to your cloth.” This cautionary proverb contains a wealth of wisdom. People, however, frequently succumb to worldly temptations such as ostentation and vanity. The Necklace is an excellent story that teaches a similar lesson. Matilda had been ambitious from the start. She had an undeniable attraction to the upper crust. She became overjoyed when her husband received an invitation to the ball. She went above and beyond her means to prepare for the ball. She went overboard on her dress.

She considered borrowing Madame Forestier’s necklace for the jewellery. Unfortunately, the borrowed necklace was misplaced during the party. To pay for the replacement of the lost necklace, she and her husband had to endure ten years of arduous headships. Madame Forestier informed her after ten years that it was a fabricated necklace. Matilda would not have faced all of those difficulties if she had not been so swayed by ostentation and vanity.


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