When he spoke to her, it was with averted eyes, from which the old love-light seemed to have gone out. What did it matter about a name when he could give her one of the oldest and proudest in Louisiana? When he spoke to her, it was with averted eyes, from which the old love-light seemed to have gone out. There is a strong shock value that the letter holds, but the impact that it has on Armand is left completely to the imagination. 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. Then she turned to the child. Explain the dynamics of each as well as the difference between them. They have a baby whom they both adore.
When he smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God. Even Négrillon, who pretended to have burnt his leg that he might rest from work—he only laughed, and said Négrillon was a great scamp. Kate Chopin: A Literary Life Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, 2001. She disappeared among the reeds and willows that grew thick along the banks of the deep, sluggish bayou; and she did not come back again. Desiree had not changed the thin white garment nor the slippers which she wore. Desiree's eyes had been fixed absently and sadly upon the baby, while she was striving to penetrate the threatening mist that she felt closing about her.
It was an October afternoon; the sun was just sinking. Desiree has a baby boy and the family are ecstatic. Armand's attraction towards Desiree upon first sight - one might even say lust - leads him to make incredibly rash decisions and marry Desiree without investigating or looking into her background as much as he should have. Big, solemn oaks grew close to it, and their thick-leaved, far-reaching branches shadowed it like a pall. In answer to the second question, most eight-year-old's would remember their mother; however the story says that Armand was brought back from Paris when his mother died in Paris, not that they lived together. It is possible that just as Desiree is at the end almost unsure about her past, the reader is left wondering about her future as well. Some people thought she might have strayed there of her own accord, for she was of the toddling age.
She turned away like one stunned by a blow, and walked slowly towards the door, hoping he would call her back. What do you think happened to Desiree and her baby? Why was Armand not expected to have African lineage before he found the letter? Compare and contrast this to how Desiree feels about Armand. The young mother was recovering slowly, and lay full length, in her soft white muslins and laces, upon a couch. Desiree's Baby: Plot In 'Désirée's Baby' by Kate Chopin, Désirée is left as a baby to Madame Valmont who has no children. Désirée has been made to feel ashamed of her assumed heritage, and she can't live with the knowledge that Armand has rejected her and their child because of it. That was his last blow at fate. If so, what is it? When he smiled, she asked no greater blessing of God.
When she could hold a pen in her hand, she sent a despairing letter to Madame Valmonde. Then she turned to the child. Ewell: My sense is that this would have been simply a descriptive term, that white folks and perhaps most blacks would not have thought to be offensive, especially in this context. Look at his legs, mamma, and his hands and finger-nails,—real finger-nails. Does she seem a good match for Armand? Look at his legs, mamma, and his hands and fingernails,--real finger-nails. You may want to read Q: Would it be accurate to say that Désirée and the baby are victims of racism? What kind of man is Brently Mallard, as Mrs.
Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening - Desiree's Baby Desiree's Baby As the day was pleasant, Madame Valmonde drove over to L'Abri to see Desiree and the baby. When she reached L'Abri she shuddered at the first sight of it, as she always did. In your opinion, why did Desiree avoid the main road leading the the Valmondes' and turn to the Bayou? The story centers around Désirée, a young woman who was adopted into a wealthy Louisiana family and who eventually marries a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. There was the remnant of one back in the drawer from which he took them. 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.
He absented himself from home; and when there, avoided her presence and that of her child, without excuse. Armand is shown to be a very cruel master to his slaves, a direct contrast to the way in which his father ran the plantation. Paris, France: École Polytechnique, 2007. A: The story is set before the Civil War, at a time when a white slave owner often considered that because his female slaves were his property, he had a right to have sex with them. I know he says that to please me.
He did not answer her. 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. The story takes place in Louisiana, prior to the start of the Civil War. Mallard see and hear from the open window? I cannot be so unhappy, and live. It was at first too subtle to grasp. Does learning his family secret in the last scene suggest any explanation for this? Though Armand deeply loves Désirée and his child, it isn't enough for him to overcome his ideas about race and racial purity. Some of the articles listed here may be available on line through university or public libraries.
He blames her, saying that as a foundling it was most likely her that was black and that the child is now a stain on his good name. A: If we were looking at a real-life person, we could talk with Armand, with his family and friends, or with others who know him, seeking evidence to better explain why he married Désirée. The blood turned like ice in her veins, and a clammy moisture gathered upon her face. Look for evidence from the story to support your opinion. She scanned the baby narrowly, then looked as searchingly at Zandrine, whose face was turned to gaze across the fields. That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot.
The last thing to go was a tiny bundle of letters; innocent little scribblings that Désirée had sent to him during the days of their espousal. In answer to the second question, most eight-year-old's would remember their mother; however the story says that Armand was brought back from Paris when his mother died in Paris, not that they lived together. When he frowned she trembled, but loved him. She takes her in and loves her dearly. Love should supersede any prejudice or racist ideology, but in this case it doesn't. When the baby was about three months old, Desiree awoke one day to the conviction that there was something in the air menacing her peace.