Necklace And Rocking Horse Winner
"The Necklace" by Guy De Maupassant and "The Rocking Horse Winner" by

D.H. Lawrence have two women in these stories that show no care or concern for
anyone but themselves. Hester and Mathilde both had families that they truly did
not love. And they were only involved with them for social reasons and to have
their selfish needs provided. They finally righted the way they lived but only
because they lost something or someone of importance to them. Mathilde always
thought that she should be someone of wealth or at the very least married
someone who was rich. She was a beautiful woman that had all the tastes of a
family with great prosperity. Only she was not prosperous as she married a
clerk. Maupassant writes that Mathilde "...let herself be married to a little
clerk at the Ministry of Public Instructions" (Maupassant Page 976). She never
married for love but married for what she had to settle for. A woman does not
let herself become married, should be for love. "She had no dresses, no
jewels, nothing. And she loved nothing but that; she felt made for that" (Page

976). So Mathilde could not love her husband for who he was, she only loved
material possessions. Possessions she could not have. Mathilde had all the
tastes of excess. "She suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born for all the
delicacies and all the luxuries" (Page 976). Mathilde suffered because she
wanted it all but could not have the "delicacies." One day her husband came
home with an invitation to a formal gathering at her husband’s place of work,

The Ministry of Public Instructions. Instead of being pleased to actually go
somewhere of upper class, she makes her husband feel about two inches tall.

Mathilde was not satisfied with just going but her selfish conceited ways only
wanted more. Not caring of the expense she demanded a new dress for the
occasion. Which happened to be the same amount of money that her husband was
setting aside for gun for himself. But he gave her the money anyway to make her
happy. Only Mathilde was not happy she wanted more. Mathilde whined, "It
annoys me not to have a single jewel, not a single stone, nothing to put on. I
will look like distress. I should almost rather not go at all" (Page 978).

Again her husband feels horrible that he cannot provide for his loved one, when
in return she could careless about him. He had no money left to give, so he sent

Mathilde to her friends to borrow jewels to wear. She was pleased with this idea
and borrowed an elegant necklace. The night of the event came and Mathilde was a
hit with everyone. Finally Mathilde and her husband left the party in a frantic
way because Mathilde was embarrassed of her wraps she wore to cover her
shoulders. After all the rushing and when they arrived home, Mathilde realized
the necklace was gone. She had lost the necklace. "I have – I have –

I’ve lost Mme. Forestier’s necklace" (Page 979). Mathilde uttered to her
husband and their lives changed forever. To replace the necklace her husband was
forced to borrow money from who ever he could. They both had to take on jobs now
more than ever. But Mathilde had changed and now knew that the debt must be paid
off and she was willing to help. "She took her part, moreover, all of a
sudden, with heroism" (Page 980). Finally after ten years all debts had been
paid. Two things happened to Mathilde over these ten years. First she lost her
looks, charm, and overall appeal. "She had become a woman of impoverished
households..." (Page 981). The second is she learned to care for others. She
did anything to help her husband pay the debt off that was ten years lasting. It
was unfortunate for Mathilde she did not learn better ways until she had been
humbled by the work. All because of a necklace that was supposedly of great
importance. As well as Mathilde, Hester did not love the ones she was supposed
to. "She married for love, and the love turned to dust. She had bonny
children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love
them" (Lawerence Page 873). Everyone thought that Hester was a good mother.

"Only she herself, and her children themselves, knew it was not so" (Page

873). Hester was more concerned about maintaining her social standing and
obtaining more money