M. Lantin is happily married to a wife who has a fondness for the theater and fake jewelry. She keeps their home running very smoothly, and they seem to live a life of luxury. One night, she takes a chill when returning home from the opera, contracts pneumonia, and dies. M. Lantin is incredibly distraught at her passing, and soon finds it impossible to maintain their previous standard of living, despite his income and expenses remaining steady. Soon, he resorts to attempting to sell a piece of her fake jewelry. He is astounded when he discovers that the jewelry is real, not fake. M. Lantin passes out in the street when he realizes that the jewelry must have been gifts lavished on his wife by other men. When he comes to, he sells her entire jewelry collection for a small fortune and then quits his job. Six months later, he gets married to a second wife, who made his life miserable
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