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As our Desiree grow to maturity she is admired by a gallant young man with no true tried talents except his was born of the loins (or so we thought) of a rich father. Cupid strikes, the two are infected by love. Credentials are checked, but not too closely and the marriage is celebrated I'm sure in an almost mythical way as would only be fitting in our mythical mansion. The finest in wedding presents are obtained from France, Paris I would presume. The vanity flows like grog down a pirate's throat. Armand (I can't stop thinking of a bronze colored almond) is our Jupiter. He rules with the strength, determination and self-centeredness of a man with the pedigree of inheritance can anoint. As time will have and biology dictates a child is born. Armand is softened momentarily by the sweet smell of powder, the softness of skin, and the innocence of a creature of god that has not yet eaten the apple of human personality. He is proud, he is happy and he displays it outwardly even to his slaves. Such kindness. As our child grows and his physical appearance takes a more noticeable turn, people notice, they look and whisper.... whispers... oh those whispers. Whispers, the forerunners to secrets that will soon, no must be revealed.
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I found the irony of the story delicious and if Ms. Chopin did not write this Hollywood would have. It has all the sensation of a scandal that still titillates the great unwashed even today. Peaking into dirty laundry is an international pastime that has never gone away. One may ponder will society ever change, lets pray that it won't. What in the world would writers write about?