What is the mood of "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin?

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janeyb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that "Desiree's baby" is a tragedy, the author is sure that you know that it will not end happily by the hints she gives, for example, when Desiree's father reminds Armand that Desiree's background is not known. In that way, the mood is intense and anticipatory, as a reader, you're sort of always waiting to see what's going to go wrong, even when the current action is happy.