Armand was infatuated with Desiree from the moment he first saw her, so his decision to marry her was rather impulsive. He wanted what he wanted, so Desiree would be his. He doesn't consider her origins because there appears to be no reason to assume Desiree is anything but white. None of her physical features suggest mixed ancestry, so Armand never figures he needs to check.
This all goes to show how arrogant Armand is due to his privileged position. He must have Desiree, so he gets her. Then, when his child by her is dark-skinned, he assumes it's her genetics that are to blame. He never assumes his origins are anything but white, even though it turns out his own mother was of African ancestry and made sure it was hidden from him so he could enjoy a superior social position. Yet Armand seems to not have inherited his mother's loving nature, as he is cold and cruel, casting out his wife and child when they might prove embarrassing to him.
In the short story, "Desiree's Baby," Armand is a...
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