Description How would you describe the way setting and plot interact in this story? Why do you think that the narrator suggests the answer rather than provides it? What is the effect of Chopin’s restraint on how the reader learns about the deaths of Désirée and her baby? How does it shape our understanding of Désirée’s suicide? Describe the picture of marriage that Chopin creates in this story, and the way it seems to trap Désirée within a hopeless path of despair.