19th century Louisiana. The story starts with Madame Valmonde going to
visit Desiree and her baby. She thinks back on her memories of Desiree
as a baby:
"It made her laugh to think of Desiree with a baby.
Why it seemed but yesterday that Desiree was little
more than a baby herself."
This quote tells us two things. The first is that Madame Valmonde must
have known Desiree as a child and is either a close family friend of
even a member of the family herself. The second thing is that Desiree
is young. The word "baby" could either mean childlike or physically
young. Desiree seemed to be a normal child and had had a normal
childhood. The third paragraph tells us more about Desiree's
"She had been purposely left by a band of passing
This makes us think that she he had been abandoned at a very young age
outside Madame Valmonde´s home. We can also tell from paragraph five
that "She was nameless."
No one knew what her name was or what her family background was like.
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think the real fault lies with Armand's parents for not telling him
about his racial background. They probably only did this so he could
live a good life without discrimination, but in the long run it did
him more harm than good. If he had known about it before this whole
incident would not