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Background Information for The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

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Transcript of Background Information for The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant

Background Information for
The Necklace
by
Guy De Maupassant

500 francs equals about $103.02 U.S. dollars
HOW MUCH?
36,000 francs equals about $7417.24 in U.S. dollars
Social Classes
Paupers: the poorest part of society, had very little money, did not attend social functions
Setting of
The Necklace
Paris, 1880
River Seine
Rue des Martyrs
"I'll look like a pauper: I'd almost rather not go to that party." (p.30)
High Society: the richest members of society, born into high class, throw fancy social functions
Common people: the working class, do not have family rank or high social standing
"Their natural poise, their instinctive good taste, and their mental cleverness are the sole guiding principles which make daughters of the common people the equal of ladies in high society." (p.28)
"There's nothing more humiliating than to look poor among a lot of rich women." (p.30)
Marriage Customs
Mme. Loisel is very unhappy because she married an office clerk and has little to no social status.
For women in 1880, the only way to improve your status was through marriage.
You could obtain a better marriage if you had
prospects
or a large
dowry
.
Prospects: chances or possibilities, especially for success or profit
Dowry: a bride's family's gift to her future husband, usually an amount of money or property
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