In this story of romance, marriage and slavery in Louisiana, Désirée falls in love with a wealthy man in the slave-owning South. He’s mad about her and ignores that she was found as a baby under a tree. At first, they’re in heaven – her husband even stops treating his slaves cruelly because he’s so happy – but the dream dies with the birth of their child (1,810 words).
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