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2 should Desiree have returned to her family home with her baby In the short story Desirees Baby written by Kate Chopin tragedy comes early in the marriage with the birth of Armand and Desirees first child Although no one seemed to notice at first by the time the child was three months old Armand noticed a change in the child 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 331 It turns out the baby is of mixed blood and because of this he shuns his wife and the child he was so proud of only days before He absented himself from home and when here avoided her presence and that of her child without excuse331 Armand was the proudest father in that parishit is a boy to bear his name330 Additionally he accuses Desiree of not being white a crime against his familys purity which she abruptly denies It is a lie it is not true I am white Look at my hair it is brown and my eyes are gray Armand 331 Desiree the n writes to her adopted mother and tells her about what is happening Her mother then tells her to return home with the child where they will both be loved but Desiree is so shocked and disheartened she sets off towards a local bayou with the child they are both to never be seen again Armand has made the decision to lose his family in order to save his name and its too late to bring Desiree and the baby back The irony is that the letter read by Armand from his mother reveals to him that it is he who is of mixed blood and not Desiree For Armands mother wrote night and day I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will
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