Unfortunately, the dangers of over-dependence are not limited to the time of “Desiree’s Baby,” but, in fact, are just as prevalent today as then, especially within relationships. In “Desiree’s Baby,” the dependence was mostly connected to Desiree’s social status, race, and even gender. However, today, even with advances against racism and gender inequality and less emphasis placed on social status, many relationships, including marriages, continue to fail, at least in part because one spouse or both fail to develop a healthy mutual dependence. Perhaps one spouse allows the other to make all the important decisions about money or raising children, or one spouse simply dominates in these areas. Perhaps one spouse or even both take advantage of the other by not helping with daily tasks or choosing hobbies and friends over the spouse or children’s activities. In these cases, the result is an unequal distribution of responsibilities, an over-dependence on the other. In the end, while these relationships may not end as dramatically or tragically as Desiree and Armand’s, it is likely that one person or the other will feel unappreciated, overworked, powerless, or all of the above—all challenges that only make maintaining a healthy relationship more difficult.