The tone in “The Necklace” is one of bitterness and regret.
Mathilde Loisel, the heroine of this story, is a young woman who is unhappy with her life. She believes that she is destined for better things, and when she’s given the opportunity to attend a ball, she borrows a diamond necklace from her friend. However, Mathilde loses the necklace at the end of the night—and spends ten years working to pay off the debt she incurred from replacing it. Her life is forever changed by this incident, and she spends much of her life bitter and regretful over what could have been had she not lost the necklace.