They thought of replacing this jewel. In a shop of the Palais-Royal, they found a chaplet of diamonds, which seemed to them exactly like the one they had lost. It was valued at forty thousand francs. But they could get it for thirty-six thousand. Loisel used eighteen thousand francs, which his father had left him. The remaining amount was borrowed from moneylenders. In order to repay the borrowed money, they sent away their maid, changed their lodgings; they rented some rooms in an attic. Matilda did all the household chores like washing dishes, linen and their clothes. Whereas Mr. Loisel even worked overtime. Matilda clothed like a very ordinary woman went to grocers’ butchers’ and fruitsellers with the basket shopping, haggling to the last unit of her miserable money. It took them ten years to repay the borrowed money. In this way, they led a very miserable life just to make enough amount to replace the lost necklace.