Imagery in Desiree's Baby

Imagery Examples in Desiree's Baby:

Désirée's Baby 1

"pall..."   (Désirée's Baby)

A “pall” is a cloth that is spread over a coffin or hearse. Chopin chooses imagery that reveals the dark nature of the L’Abri plantation. The “sad,” “wide,” “black,” appearance of the house, and the description of the “solemn oaks” creates an ominous tone. Madame Valmonde’s shivering suggests that the L’Abri plantation is dark, cold, and eerie place. Further, the appearance of the plantation mirrors Armand’s own characteristics just as Desiree’s outward appearance mirrors her internal character.