Another conflict that Mathilde has is she is very envious of others. In this story it states many times that she thinks about what her life would be like if she had money or she thinks about her friends from childhood that are rich. Mathilde’s desire to become rich like many of her friends has been a disease to her. It is what she thinks about most of the time. Mathilde can not even go to some friends houses because it makes her so sick that they have everything she wants “She had a friend, a former schoolmate at the convent, who was rich, and whom she did not like to go and see any more, because she suffered so much when she came back”(130). So not only can she not go out in public because she feels like she will not have the dresses she thinks she deserves. She can not even go to her friend’s house because it makes her suffer. When Mathilde is about to go to the ball she almost does not go at all because of her envious of others “No; there’s nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich”(131). So even though she has this great opportunity to go to a very prestigious ball she almost does not go because she would not look good enough for the other women. So thus showing how Mathilde envied people who had what she desired help starting the conflict.