Classic (fiction), 2,841 words, Level Z (Grade 5), Single-Book Classics, Lexile 910L
Mathilde Loisel has always been pretty, but she feels unhappy with her simple middle-class life. When her husband manages to get the couple invited to a ball at the Ministry where he works, Mathilde demands a new dress. She also borrows a fabulous diamond necklace from a wealthy friend for the occasion. With her expensive gown and jewelry, Mathilde is the envy of all the ladies at the ball. But when she arrives home afterward, she is horrified to learn that she has lost the diamond necklace.
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