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GONE WITH THE WIND PLOT SUMMARY
Rhett believes that Scarlett's sudden guilty conscience is only on account
of getting "caught." She fears that other people will blame
her for Frank's death, and she has no way of excusing herself. Rhett acts
quickly because he fears that Scarlett would marry someone else before
he had a chance to get her for himself if he doesn't speak up. When he
kisses her, her body responds, and she enjoys the sensation. She is still
too busy fantasizing over Ashley, however, to realize that she could be
very much in love with Rhett if she would face reality in love with the
same brutality that she has faced it in business or day-to-day activities.
He does help her to see that regardless of any late attack of conscience,
she could not have behaved any differently.
Scarlett and Rhett spend their honeymoon in New Orleans where Rhett indulges her in extravagances of every kind. He laughs when she admires his friends, for his New Orleans associates are carpetbaggers and crooks, and it is typical of Scarlett to be indiscriminate in the people she thinks she would like for friends. They have a lovers’ quarrel one night when Rhett catches her fantasizing that she is in Ashley’s arms instead of his. He leaves and returns drunk, and they are cold to each other the next day. However, that night she has her recurring nightmare in which she dreams she and all her family are hungry again.
In the dream, she runs into a mist, knowing that she would be safe if
only she could find who or what is in the mist. She never can, and she
awakes terrified and sweating. Rhett holds her in his arms and promises
she will never be hungry or unsafe so long as he is around. They discuss
the building of their own house. Rhett would like a Creole styled house
or even a colonial one with pillars, but Scarlett wants a Swiss chalet
with scroll designs and lavish furnishings. Rhett is unable to convince
her that no amount of money-if it is believed to be ill-gotten-will bring
the citizens of the old South to the sumptuous parties she is dreaming
Rhett and Scarlett are a great deal alike in many ways. They are both intelligent,
ruthless, and driven to get what they want. However, Rhett is different
in that he knows that his decisions made him an outcast. Although he is
not selfish with his ill-gotten gains, he is aware of the price he paid
to get them, and he accepts the cost without complaint. Scarlett, however,
still thinks that money can buy everything, including friendship and social
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