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BOOK SUMMARY FOR GONE WITH THE WIND
Following the party, Rhett berates Scarlet for chasing Ashley after
kicking her own husband out of her bed. She tries to explain, but he won’t
hear it, and after a few moments of his insults, she no longer cares to
explain. He tells her that he has always loved her and has been waiting
for her to return his love. Finally he carries her off to bed and makes
savage love to her. She responds with equal passion, but in the morning
her bed is empty. She clings to his claims of love, but after two days
decides that it was all a lie. When he does come home, he gives her only
a casual hello and a sarcastic apology for his behavior. She vows to keep
her door locked in the future. Rhett takes Bonnie and leaves for a trip
to New Orleans.
Once again, Scarlett would return Rhett's love, but his own misunderstanding
prevents reconciliation between them.
Scarlett visits Melanie, intending to explain the incident with Ashley
and to tell her the whole truth of her long fantasized love affair with
him. However, Melanie refuses any explanation and clearly does not believe
there was ever anything other than sisterly love between her sister-in-law
and her husband. Melanie has accused India of inventing lies and has kicked
her out of the house. She calls on the rest of her lady friends and insists
that Scarlett go with her. In the end it becomes a scandal that splits
the entire town, half siding with India, the other half with Melanie.
Most people have no idea whether Scarlett is truly guilty, but they don’t
want to lose Melanie’s friendship. Scarlett herself is well aware of and
deeply humiliated by the fact that if she did not have Melanie’s support,
the whole town would be against her, and she would be an outcast.
Melanie shields herself with her refusal to believe anything bad about Scarlett.
One almost feels as if she knew the truth, but protected them both with
her own denial. This is one humiliation that Scarlett cannot walk away
from with a haughty, I-don't-care, attitude. The town disapproves of her
anyway, so how much worse could it be? The fact that she goes along with
Melanie is an indication of the strength of Melanie's character as well
as a demonstration that Scarlett does indeed care what her people think
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