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Give the plot summary of "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin.

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Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" involves love, race, and prejudice.  As in most of her stories, her heroine Desiree finds herself at odds with what she wants in life and receives no satisfaction in the end. This story is told through a third person narrator, who  relates the events without emotional  commentary.

The story begins with a visit from Madame Valmonde, who is Desiree's adopted mother.  Madame Valmonde thinks back about how Desiree became part of her family. Desiree had been abandoned by her real parents, and Monsieur Valmonde had found her and brought her home. They had no other children; they felt that Desiree had been sent by God.

On this day, Madame has come to see Desiree who had a baby about a month before.  Desiree and her husband had known each other since he was eight years old. Armand Aubigny, her husband, came from a wealthy aristocratic family . When Desiree was eighteen, Armand saw her and immediately fell in love with her.  When they married, both were...

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