The Question and Answer section for The Necklace is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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"... she dreamed of fine dinners, of shining silverware, of tapestries which peopled the walls with figures from another time and strange birds in fairy forests; she dreamed of delicious dishes served on wonderful plates, of...
The character in question is Mathilde Loisel.
1) Mathilde is eager to leave the ball quickly in order to keep people from noticing her poor coat.