The Question and Answer section for The Necklace is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Mathilde won't admit that she has made a mistake, and her husband..... henpecked, tolerates his wife's refusal to tell her friend the truth about the necklace. In the end, Mathilde is still broke, exhausted, aged, and dwelling upon what might have...
Though we aren't told exactly why Madama Loisel lied to her friend, we can infer from the type of woman she is that her pride, as well as a certain amount of fear kept her from telling the truth.
Madame Loisel learn how to live humbly as well as the value of hard work. She learns to appreciate what she has instead of coveting things that she does not.