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What kind of character was Madame Loisel?

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Madame Mathilde Loisel is the protagonist of "The Necklace" by French writer Guy de Maupassant. Her character is defined by her pride, vanity, greed and envy.

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Madame Loisel spent nearly every waking hour believing that life had cheated her of a richer destiny. She constantly longed to belong to the higher societal classes, and she daydreamed about lavish parties and expensive adornments.

She convinced her modest husband to buy her a nice dress for a formal party and borrowed what she believed to be an expensive necklace from a friend. After having the time of her life at the party, she lost the necklace and took loans to buy a replacement.

After a decade toiling to pay the debt, she became aged and haggard. She finally told her old friend about the necklace, only to find out it was a cheap costume necklace. Madame Loisel's pride cost her ten years of hard living.

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