Bayou Folk

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23 stories and anecdotes of Louisiana local color by Kate Chopin, published in (1894).

“A No-Account Creole” is the story of selfish, vain Placide Santien, whose faults are redeemed by his giving up his wealthy fiancee the day before their scheduled marriage, when he learns that she loves another man. “Désirée's Baby” tells of a Louisiana aristocrat who marries an orphan girl. Their son shows evidence of black ancestry, and Armand turns Desiree and the child out of his house. She disappears, and some weeks later he discovers an old letter of his mother, revealing that the Negro blood is in his own family. “La Belle Zoraide” tells of a beautiful quadroon slave who goes mad because she is not allowed to marry the black father of her child. The child is taken from her, and she transfers her affection to a doll, which she refuses to give up even in return for her own infant.

Subjects: Literature.

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Kate Chopin (1851—1904) American novelist and short-story writer