discovers baby Désirée
in the shadow of a stone pillar at the gate of his plantation. The baby’s position in the shadows of this pillar symbolizes her mysterious origins. Her past is shadowed because little is known about who she is or where she comes from. Désirée is standing near this same stone pillar eighteen years la
ter when Armand
sees her and falls in love at first sight. The stone pillar is a marker of Désirée unexplained past, but also a marker of the estate of the Valmondés, which provides Désirée with care and love in her youth. Armand’s encounter with Désirée at the same spot marks the beginning of a new type of love. The stone pillar, therefore, is the setting of the two most important encounters in Désirée’s life and symbolizes transitions and acts of love, but also the mysterious past that comes to color those loves.