The Necklace and The Pearls
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Two stories of vanity, love and fear.
Here are two contrasting stories, one about a necklace of pearls, the other about a necklace of diamonds. Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace is a story of vanity, of two lives blighted by the loss of a diamond necklace, whilst Isak Dinesen's The Pearls is a story of love and fear. Both authors in different ways use the symbolism of jewels to illustrate the human condition.
Translated by Jonathan Sturges
Cover illustration by Man Ray
Published 31 August 2008