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"The Necklace" is an 1884 short story by Guy de Maupassant.

A young, lower middle class couple borrows some nice clothes and jewelry from an upper class friend to wear to a party. During the course of the party, the lady loses a diamond necklace. Hiding the truth, the two sell their house and all their possessions and work for the next twenty years to pay the friend back, only to be told at the end it was costume jewelry, and worth only a couple of dollars at the most.

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