When the story begins, the exposition provides background information concerning Desiree and how she was a foundling adopted by the Valmonde family. Though there is some exposition concerning Armand Aubigny as well, the rising action begins shortly thereafter, with a return to a focus on Desiree.
Some people thought she might have strayed there of her own accord, for she was of the toddling age. The prevailing belief was that she had been purposely left by a party of Texans, whose canvas-covered wagon, late in the day, had crossed the ferry that Coton Mais kept, just below the plantation.
It was no wonder, when she stood one day against the stone pillar in whose shadow she had lain asleep, eighteen years before, that Armand Aubigny riding by and seeing her there, had fallen in love with her. That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot.
The wonder was that he had not loved her before; for he had known her since his father brought him home from Paris, a boy of eight, after his mother died there. The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles.
Armand looked into her eyes and did not care. He was reminded that she was nameless. What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana? He ordered the corbeille from Paris, and contained himself with what patience he could until it arrived; then they were married.
When she reached L'Abri she shuddered at the first sight of it, as she always did. It was a sad looking place, which for many years had not known the gentle presence of a mistress, old Monsieur Aubigny having married and buried his wife in France, and she having loved her own land too well ever to leave it.
The roof came down steep and black like a cowl, reaching out beyond the wide galleries that encircled the yellow stuccoed house.
Big, solemn oaks grew close to it, and their thick-leaved, far-reaching branches shadowed it like a pall. Young Aubigny's rule was a strict one, too, and under it his negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master's easy-going and indulgent lifetime.
The young mother was recovering slowly, and lay full length, in her soft white muslins and laces, upon a couch. The baby was beside her, upon her arm, where he had fallen asleep, at her breast.
By associating the baby solely with Désirée and not with Armand as well, Chopin succeeds in mirroring Armand’s attitude to the baby. In Armand’s eyes, due to the mixed racial heritage of the child, the baby is Désirée’s responsibility and not his. Desiree’s Baby Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Desiree’s Baby is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. DESIREE’S BABY: Anyone Could Be A Slave “Desiree’s Baby”, a great and realistic short story, has drag me into the slavery era, when there is a huge wall between the ‘white’ people and ‘black’ people, when the social hierarchy was determined by races, but in the other hand the relation between white people and black people can.
The yellow nurse woman sat beside a window fanning herself. Then she turned to the child. The little cochon de lait!
Look at his legs, mamma, and his hands and fingernails,—real finger-nails. Zandrine had to cut them this morning. Isn't it true, Zandrine?Desiree tells her mother that "'Armand heard [the baby crying] the other day as far away as La Blanche's cabin.'" But what reason would he have to be in a slave woman's cabin?
I can think of only one. Consider that baby Désirée’s position in the dark shadows of the pillar symbolizes the mysterious circumstances of her birth. Her past is unknown to both the reader and the Valmondés, creating a tone of secrecy and mystery.
When the baby is three months old, Désirée is suddenly disturbed by a subtle feeling of menace, which is marked by a general air of mystery, unannounced visits from neighbors, and a strange change in her husband’s behavior.
Dec 02, · This video is about Desirees baby. Skip navigation Sign in. Search. Loading Close. Yeah, keep it Undo Close. "DESIREE'S BABY" by KATE CHOPIN | The Otis Jiry Channel - Duration: Kate Chopin's short story "Desiree's Baby" has at the center of the conflict the child of Desiree Valmonde and Armand Aubigny.
Yet, the baby in the title is designated as Desiree's only. By associating the baby solely with Désirée and not with Armand as well, Chopin succeeds in mirroring Armand’s attitude to the baby.
In Armand’s eyes, due to the mixed racial heritage of the child, the baby is Désirée’s responsibility and not his.