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The Necklace: An Alternate Ending

JEANNE

Oh, didn’t you know? The necklace I lent you was fake,
suited for you and your fake elitist lifestyle.

MATHILDE

What do you mean fake?

JEANNE

The necklace you lost was only worth 500 francs.

MATHILDE

You mean my husband and I suffered for ten damned years


paying for a necklace made of fake stones and chains.

JEANNE

It’s not my fault that you can’t tell them apart. It’s
your stupidity that brought you to your situation. You
can’t blame me for your misfortune.

(Mr. Loisel enters)

MR. LOISEL

Stop this!

Mathilde and Jeanne parted ways without resolving their


fight.

MATHILDE

Why did you stop me? She is the reason why we suffered ten
long years of agony. We paid a sum of money to pay back a
500 franc worth of fake necklace.

MR. LOISEL

You can’t say that, you knew that if you weren’t


materialistic and pretentious we wouldn’t experience any of
this.
Mathilde although shocked with her husband’s words, quickly
reflected on her actions and realised the mistake she’d
done.

MEANWHILE Jeanne is having an afternoon tea party with her


friends

FRIEND 1

I heard from one of my servants that you and a peasant


caused a scandalous scene in town. You were fighting over
a necklace?

FRIEND 2

Holy mother of God! Did you really do that? That’s


shameful, embarrassing, disgusting.

JEANNE

You don’t understand, she was accusing me of ruining her


life when it was all her fault.

FRIEND 1

Still, you could’ve remained calm.

FRIEND 2

Her accusation is real heavy, what did you do to her?

JEANNE

Technically, I did not do anything to her. It was a decade


ago when she asked me for a necklace, and I lent a fake
one, and she lost it, and then replaced it with the
authentic.

FRIEND 1

That’s even more horrendous, why do even own fake necklaces


in the first place?
FRIEND 2

I cannot believe you. If I were you I would give the


necklace back to the peasant because she needs it more than
you do.

Jeanne also realised that she had enough riches; she


doesn’t need another necklace to keep in her jewellery box.
So she sent a package to Mathilde with a note in it.

(Mathilde reads the note)

MATHILDE

To my dear Mathilde,

Foremost, I would like to apologise for all the ugly things


I have said to you. I never thought that I would ever
indirectly cause your struggle. I realised that I have
enough wealth, while you had enough misery. So, I’m giving
this back to you.

Madame Jeanne

(pulls out the necklace from the box)

MATHILDE (cont.)

Oh my God! Thank you Madame Jeanne! Thank you!