when Mme. Forestier reveals that the necklace was a fake, the reader feels force or irony- the sense that something has turned out to be the opposite of what we ecpected. Explain what makes the story's closing sentences ironic.
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The story ends in irony because all of the sacrifice to replace the phony necklace was not needed. Mathilde, who had to attend the party in a way that made her as well dressed, jeweled, and coifed, as the rest of the attendees had no idea that her rich friend would wear phony jewels of paste because the real thing might easily be lost.