Real or Artificial? 12/09/2012

The other day when I visited an exhibition  where there was a stall for costume and imitation jewellery, noticing my admiration for the  numerous attractive designs the salesman  tried to persuade me to pick  up  a few sets. When I  said they were more suitable for youngsters, he immediately replied saying customers, especially the older women like me preferred wearing the stuff more for reasons of safety  and I  nodded my head in agreement.

The incident reminded me of what my friends had mentioned  on the  subject a few days ago. One of them said her maid  requested  her to lend her  gold jewellery set  for a day as she wished to wear it for a wedding and my friend had refused which didn’t surprise me. But  what  my other friend said about her maid   who also worked  as a domestic help in a house  nearby  appeared  a little too farfetched  and  difficult to  believe or digest. The woman  had  proudly told her that  her  employer lent her gold jewellery  when the latter wished to wear it  for a function in the family.  ‘My  amma  never hesitates to lend   her expensive  jewellery  whenever I ask’, she had reiterated.

I am beginning to wonder  whether it is a case  of  Guy de Maupassant’s story ‘The Necklace’.


n.meera raghavendra rao


2 thoughts on “Real or Artificial? 12/09/2012

  1. V Raghavan

    I remember this short story. How Madame’s friend poor Matilda worked for ten years to pay for replacing Madame’s diamond necklace, which she had borrowed and lost. In the end comes the surprise. Madame’s necklace was actually imitation jewellery!

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