PART A: How does Mathilde’s attitude about life differ from her husband’s?
- AMathilde comes from a wealthy family, and she feels she married down; her husband came from a poor family, and he feels he married up
- BMathilde understands how important it is to make a good impression; her husband is unaffected by the opinions of others
- CMathilde is reckless and thoughtless; her husband is organized and thinks everything through
- DMathilde is dramatic and concerned with how others view her; her husband is hardworking and content
PART B: which of the following quotations from the text best support the answer to Part A?
- A“Why, darling, I thought you'd be pleased. You never go out, and this is a great occasion.” ( Paragraph 12)
- B“She thought for several seconds, reckoning up prices and also wondering for how large a sum she could ask without bringing upon herself an immediate refusal and an exclamation of horror from the careful-minded clerk.” ( Paragraph 22)
- C“He threw over her shoulders the garments he had brought for them to go home in, modest everyday clothes, whose poverty clashed with the beauty of the ball-dress.” ( Paragraph 48)
- D“It was the end, for her. As for him, he was thinking that he must be at the office at ten.” ( Paragraph 53)