Désirée’s Baby


Kate Chopin

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Madame Aubigny Character Analysis

Monsieur Aubigny’s wife and Armand’s mother. This French woman is revealed to be black through a letter written to her husband, which is uncovered by Armand at the end of the story. The couple resided in France where an inter-racial relationship was more socially acceptable. Her heritage is what impacts the baby’s appearance. She kept Armand ignorant of his heritage out of her love for him, though of course with disastrous consequences.

Madame Aubigny Quotes in Désirée’s Baby

The Désirée’s Baby quotes below are all either spoken by Madame Aubigny or refer to Madame Aubigny. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet Classics edition of Désirée’s Baby published in 1976.
Désirée’s Baby Quotes

“But, above all,” she wrote, “night and day, I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery.”

Related Characters: Madame Aubigny (speaker), Armand, Monsieur Aubigny
Page Number: 194
Explanation and Analysis:
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Madame Aubigny Character Timeline in Désirée’s Baby

The timeline below shows where the character Madame Aubigny appears in Désirée’s Baby. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Désirée’s Baby
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
...house appears sad, for it has not had the gentle care of a mistress since Madame Aubigny died and was buried in Paris. Before that, Madame Aubigny had not wanted to move... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
Intersection of Classism, Sexism, and Racism Theme Icon
Love and Blindness Theme Icon
Irony, Misjudgments, and Fate Theme Icon
...letter, one written from his mother to his father. He reads the letter: in it, Madame Aubigny thanks God for her husband’s love, and tells Monsieur Aubigny how grateful she is that... (full context)