"Desiree's Baby" continuing: If the story did not end, how would it continue?

If "Desiree's Baby" did not end the way it did, there are many paths that the story could have taken. Some of these possibilities include Desiree and her son returning to her adoptive parents, finding her original parentage/heritage, or moving to a Northern state that would treat her son better. 

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To contemplate how the short story "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin might continue, it is important to consider the intention of the author in writing it and also to understand the main characters and how they might react to the events at the end of the story.

The story tells of Monsieur and Madame Valmonde finding an orphan toddler at the gate of their plantation and adopting her. She grows up to be a lovely young woman and Armand Aubigny, another rich plantation owner, rides by and falls in love with her. He marries her and takes her to his plantation, and they have a child.

Although Armand's plantation is a dismal place, devoid of laughter, Desiree is content with her husband and her child. Madame Valmonde is the first to notice that the baby is dark-skinned. Later, Armand notices, and eventually Desiree finds out. Armand accuses Desiree of not being white and asks her to go. In despair, she carries the baby with her and walks off into the bayou. At the end of the story, though, readers...

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