This story by Guy de Maupassant is about a beautiful woman who is not happy with her position in life. She has a loving husband with a secure government job, but in her eyes he is just a “little” clerk. They have enough money to hire a girl to do the harder housework for her, but she dreams of being admired by richer and more important men. An invitation to a ball and borrowed necklace lead to ten miserable years in which she learns not only how lucky she was, but also what it means to be very poor.
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The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , , , cab, , , clasp, , , diamond, franc, garbage, , , , housework, jealous, jewel, jewelry, madame, , , , shiver, and .
(n: attention pl attentions) 1. Notice, interest, or awareness. She likes all the attention she is getting from the press. 2. Special care or treatment. That cut needs urgent attention. 1000
(n: cab pl cabs) 1. (especially American) A taxi (also taxicab); in the days before taxis, a one-horse vehicle that people hired. I went home by cab. 2. The part of a truck, tractor, etc. in which the driver sits. 4000
(n: clasp pl clasps) Something used for holding objects or parts of something (such as a purse, necklace, etc.) together. 10000
(n: diamond pl diamonds) A very hard, usually colorless, precious stone; used especially in expensive jewelry. 4000
(n: envelope pl envelopes) A thin, flat wrapper or cover, especially for a letter, card, etc. The letter arrived in a long envelope. 3000
(adj: exact) 1. Very careful and accurate. Please make sure it is the exact size we need. 2. Fully and completely correct or accurate. Those were his exact words.
(adv: exactly) In an exact way or manner. 1000
(n: fingernail pl fingernails) The thin, hard covering that grows on the top end of each finger. 9000
(n: franc pl francs) A unit of money that is used in some countries where French is spoken and was used in France and some other European countries before the Euro. (เงินฟรังค์ของฝรั่งเศส) 6000
(n: garbage pl garbages) 1. (noncount) Things that are no longer useful or wanted and that have or are being been thrown out; often used specifically to talk about food and household waste. After the concert, there was garbage all over the park. Please take out the garbage. (ขยะ) 2. The container where people put garbage before it is taken away (also called a garbage bin, garbage can or dustbin). Throw those bottles in the garbage. 6000
(n: horror pl horrors) 1. A very strong feeling of fear or dislike. (ความหวาดกลัว) 2. A disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror. (คน หรือสิ่งที่คอยขัดแย้ง) 3000
(adj:ˈhorrible) 1. Causing horror; frightening; dreadful. A horrible sight. (น่าเกลียดน่ากลัว) 2. Very bad or unpleasant. What a horrible day! (ไม่น่ายินดี) 2000
(v: horrify, horrifies, horrified, horrifying) To cause (someone) to feel horror or shock; to greatly upset and shock (someone). (ทำให้ น่ากลัว) 4000
(n: housework, noncount) Work (such as cleaning, cooking, or laundry) that is done to keep a house clean and running properly. I got up early and did some housework. (งานบ้าน) 5000
(v: imagine, imagines, imagined, imagining) To form a picture of something in your mind that is not there or not real. (จินตนาการ)
(n: imagination pl imaginations) 1. The ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced; the ability to think of new things. You can find a solution if you use a little imagination. 2. Something that only exists or happens in your mind. Is it just my imagination, or is it getting warm in here? 1000
(v: invite, invites, invited, inviting) 1. To ask (a person) politely to come somewhere. They have invited us to dinner tomorrow. (เชิญ) 2. To ask (a person) politely to do something. He was invited to speak at the meeting. (ขอร้อง) 3. To ask for (another person's suggestions etc). He invited comments from the audience. (ขอ) 2000
(n: invitation pl invitations) A request to come or go somewhere. Have you received an invitation to their party? (บัตรเชิญ)
(adj: jealous) 1. Feeling or showing that you want to be like another person or have something that another person has; envy. (อิจฉา) 2. Feeling or showing unhappiness or anger because you think that someone you love (such as your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) likes or is liked by someone else. (ขี้หึง) 4000
(n: jewel pl jewels) A precious stone (such as a diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire) that has been cut and polished. (อัญมณี)
(n: jewels, plural) An ornament or pieces of jewelry containing a precious stone or stones. She loved dressing up in her jewels.
(adj: jeweled or jewelled) Covered in jewels. (ที่ประดับด้วยเพชรพลอย) 3000
(n: jewelry, noncount; British jewellery) Decorative objects (rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc.) that people wear on their body. (เครื่องเพชรพลอย)
(n: jeweler pl jewelers; British jeweller) A person that makes, repairs, or sells jewelry. (คนขายเพชรพลอย) 3000
(n: madame pl mesdames) Used like 'Mrs' as a title for a married Frenchwoman. 6000
(n: mistake pl mistakes) Something that is not correct; a wrong action, statement, or judgment; an error. (ความผิดพลาด)
(adj: mistaken) Not correct; incorrect or wrong. I may be mistaken, but I think we've met before. 2000
(n: necklace pl necklaces) A piece of jewelry that is worn around your neck. (สร้อยคอ) 6000
(adv: rather) 1. To a certain extent; slightly; a little. (ค่อนข้าง) 2. Preferably; used to indicate what you want or prefer to do, have, etc. (มากกว่า) 1000
(v: reply, replies, replied, replying) To say, write, or do something as an answer or response. She replied that she had never been to London. (ตอบ)
(n: reply pl replies) Something said, written, or done as an answer or response. I'll write a reply to his letter. (คำตอบ) 2000
(n: reward pl rewards) A benefit that someone gets or is offered for doing good work, good behavior etc. (สิ่งตอบแทน) 3000
(n: servant pl servants) Someone who is hired to do household or personal duties [such as cleaning and cooking]. (คนรับใช้) 1000
(v: shiver, shivers, shivered, shivering) To move back and forth or from side to side slightly because you are cold, afraid, etc. (สั่น) 5000
(n: thief pl thieves) Someone who takes (something) from the owner in a way that is wrong or against the law; a robber. The thief got away with all my money. (ขโมย) 3000
(prep: worth) Used to indicate the value of something. (มูลค่า) 1000
(v: admire, admires, admired, admiring) 1. To look at something or someone impressive or attractive with pleasure. I've just been admiring your new car. 2. To greatly respect or think very highly of someone. I admire John's courage.
(n: admiration, noncount) A feeling of great respect and approval. 3000
(adj: bare, barer, barest) 1. Not having a covering. bare feet; bare floors; bare skin 2. Empty The cupboard was bare. 3. Worn thin. The carpet is a bit bare. 3000
(v: bargain, bargains, bargained, bargaining) To discuss or argue about the price of something, where one party wants to make it lower. I bargained with him and finally got the price down. 3000
(v: charm, charms, charmed, charming) To cause (someone) to like you or to do what you want by being nice, friendly, etc. She charmed everyone with her warm smile. 3000
(adj: charming) Very pleasing or delightful; attractive. 3000
(v: confuse, confuses, confused, confusing) To make someone uncertain or unable to understand something.
(n: confusion pl confusions) The feeling that you have when you do not understand what is happening, what is expected, etc.
(adj: confusing) Difficult to understand; not clear. 2000
(v: delight, delights, delighted, delighting) 1. To please greatly. I was delighted by the good news. 2. To have or take great pleasure from something. He delights in beating me at chess.
(n: delight pl delights) A strong feeling of happiness.
(adj: delightful) Causing delight. 2000
(n: glory, glories) 1. A source of pride, fame etc. This building is one of the many glories of Venice. (ความรุ่งเรือง) 2. (noncount) Fame or honor. He took part in the competition for the glory of the school. (ความมีชื่อเสียง) 3. (noncount) A state of great success or beauty. The new owners are trying to restore the building to its original glory. (ความรุ่งโรจน์; ความรุ่งเรือง)
(adj: glorious) 1. Splendid; deserving great praise. The army won a glorious victory. (น่าสรรเสริญ) 2. Very pleasant; delightful. Wasn't the weather last weekend glorious? (น่ายินดี) 3000
(n: grace, noncount) A way of moving that is smooth and attractive. The dancer's movements had very little grace. (ความสง่างาม)
(adj: graceful) 1. Moving in a smooth and attractive way. The dancer's movements were not very graceful. 2. Having a smooth and pleasing shape or style. Swans have a long and graceful neck. (นุ่มนวล) 2000
(n: grease, noncount) 1. Soft, thick, animal fat. (ไขมันสัตว์) 2. Any thick, oily substance. (ใส่น้ำมันหล่อลื่น) 4000
(adj: greasy, greasier, greasiest) 1. Of or like grease. Greasy food. (ซึ่งเป็นน้ำมัน) 2. Covered in grease. Greasy hands. (ทาน้ำมันไว้) 3. Slippery, as if covered in grease. Greasy roads. (ลื่น)
(adj: pale, paler, palest) Having a skin color that is closer to white than is usual or normal, either because it is your natural color or you are sick or scared at the time. (ซีด) 3000
(n: pearl pl pearls) A hard, shiny, white ball that is formed inside the shell of an oyster. Valuable and often used as jewelry. (ไข่มุก) 5000
(n: ruin pl ruins) 1. The remaining pieces of something that has been destroyed. The ruins of the old city. (ซากปรักหักพัง) 2. (noncount) Something that badly damages someone physically, morally, economically, or socially. Drink was his ruin. (ความพินาศ) 3. (noncount) Financial disaster; complete loss of money. The company is facing ruin. (ความล้มละลาย) 3000
(n: triumph pl triumphs) 1. A great victory or success. (ชัยชนะ) 2. The very happy and joyful feeling that comes from victory or success. (ความยินดีจากชัยชนะ) 5000