The problem in "Désirée's Baby" is the apparent racial mix of the baby born to Désirée and Armand.
When Madame Valmondé visits her daughter in her new home with Armand Aubigny, who is from a pestigious family, not long after their baby is born, she enters the boudoir and finds Désirée lounging on her chaise with the baby at her breast. Mme.Valmondé turns to the baby after greeting her adopted daughter, then exclaims, "This is not the baby!" Désirée believes that her mother is struck by the size of the baby boy, and mentions how he has grown.
Mme. Valmondé scanned the baby narrowly, then looked as searchingly at Zandrine, whose face was turned to gaze across the fields. “Yes, the child has grown, has...
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