Situations in L’ abri didn’ t make things any better. People with colored skin are slaves and Armand balked at the thought that he is a descendant of the race cursed to slavery. He also found out that in places like L’ abri, racial discrimination is so great that colored people are not allowed to hold properties but mere slaves, short of being properties of the white people. This reality scared Armand and made him vow never to let anybody know that his mother was colored. He tried so hard to ally his fears by imposing strict rules on the servants.
He cannot be flawed as being soft and indulgent towards them for they might think that he is one of them. That is totally unacceptable. They are not supposed to know who he really is. Over the years, he became more and more convinced that placing himself as far apart from the servants would preclude them from knowing his secret. He is not a slave and he refused to be branded as having a blood of a slave in his system.
He is an Aubigny, one of the oldest and proudest names in Lousiana. He is white. Armand thought that he is completely over the past when he married Desiree. She is as white as snow with eyes so gray and hair so brown. But fate wouldn’ t let him deny his past completely. The son he bore reminded him of who he really is. That is unacceptable. Coming out of his reverie, Armand stared at the letter again. Slowly, he got up and approached the fireplace. “ It was Desiree’ s fault and hers alone.
She had no name; she might as well come from a race of slaves. I am white. I am my father’ s son! ” Long and hard he stared at the letter before he took the match and lit the paper. Fire seared through his fingers as he refused to let go of the burning piece of paper. At last, he let the remaining piece fall into the fireplace where it was consumed and turned into ashes. His secret is safe now. No one will know who he really is.
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