When Desiree notices that her baby's complexion is the color of the "quadroon" servant boys who fan him while he sleeps, she panics and confronts her husband. He angrily accuses her of not being white. So she writes to Madame Valmonde, who had taken her in as an abandoned child. Madame Valmonde's response is to tell her adopted daughter to come home:
"My own Desiree: Come home to Valmonde; back to your mother who loves you. Come with your child."
Madame Valmonde loves her, no matter what.