Desiree's Baby Summary & Study Guide

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Désirée's Background

"Désirée's Baby" opens with a brief history of the foundling, Désirée, who was adopted by the Valmonde family after they found her by the side of the road. The Valmondes were childless, and they took in the toddler and raised her as their own child. When Désirée becomes a young woman, her beauty attracts the attention of Armand Aubigny, a neighboring plantation owner and bearer of one of the finest names in Louisiana. Although Désirée's father reminds Armand that Désirée's heritage is unknown, Armand says that doesn't matter, that he will give her a new name.

Things Change

Within a few months, Désirée begins to sense that something is amiss. There is an air of mystery among the...

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