NCERT English Class 10 Chapter 16 the Necklace CBSE Board Sample Problems Long Answer (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Question

Mme Forestier proved to be a true friend. Elucidate.

Solution

  • Mme Forestier turns out to be an interesting character. She plays a very vital role in the story. As a friend to Matilda, we find her to be really genuine as she helps Matilda in the hour of her need. When Mme Loisel needs to borrow jewels, she turns to Mme Forestier.
  • Mme Forestier does not refuse. Displaying her generosity, she opens up the entire array of her jewels for
  • Matilda to choose from. Also, she is considerate when Loisels delay the return of the necklace. Surprisingly, at the end of the story, she concludes the entire narrative.
  • Without even a moment՚s hesitation, she reveals to Matilda that her necklace was just a fake. She is not at all worried in the light of the fact that she may have to return the necklace. It shows her honesty.
  • Rather, she, like a true friend, feels bad for Matilda at her unnecessary suffering. We find her sympathizing with Mme Loisel. She is indeed a gem of a friend.

Question

Mme Loisel՚s disposition invites her doom. Comment in the context of the text you՚ve read.

Solution

  • Mme Loisel belongs to a family of clerks. Her existence is quite average. They live on meagre income, enough for basic needs but not to fulfil aspirations.
  • She gets married to a clerk and is so caught up with her dreams of wealth and pleasure that she is out of touch with the truths of her real life. In order to keep up appearances just to flatter her pride, she blows up four hundred francs on a gorgeous dress.
  • And, not contented, she goes on borrowing a necklace from her friend. And, all of this is just to impress the wealthy and the rich with her beauty and glamour (even if on loan) .
  • No doubt, her pride is flattered and her wish of fine dining, expensive dresses and jewels satisfied but at a great price. Unfortunately, the necklace has lost and the couple has to cough up their entire inheritance and borrow as well to replace it.
  • Repayment of the debt eats away the next ten years of their youth.
  • They live poor. All the house hold chores and cares of a life of poverty visit them. Hence, her disposition invites her doom.

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