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5.) "The Confederacy may need the lifeblood of its men, but
not yet does it demand the heartís blood of its women. Accept, dear madam,
this token of my reverence for your courage and do not think that your
sacrifice has been in vain, for this ring has been redeemed at ten times
its value." - Rhett. pg. 198 Rhett explaining his return of Melanie's
6.) "Other people might call his utterances treachery but, to
Scarlett, they always rang with common sense and truth. And she knew that
this was utterly wrong, knew she should be shocked and infuriated. Actually
she was neither, but she could pretend to be. It made her feel more respectable
and ladylike." - Narrator. pg. 240 The Narrator giving some analysis
of Scarlett's awareness of the difference between the way she is supposed
to feel and the way she actually feels.
7.) "Thatís why I like you! You are the only frank woman I know,
the only woman who looks on the practical side of matters without beclouding
the issue with mouthings about sin and morality. Any other woman would
have swooned first and then shown me the door." - Rhett, pg.
341 Rhett praising and mocking Scarlett at the same time.
8.) "No, she could not, would not, turn to Geraldís or Ellenís
families. The OíHaras did not take charity. The OíHaras looked after their
own. Her burdens were her own and burdens were for shoulders strong enough
to bear them. She thought without surprise, looking down from her height,
that her shoulders were strong enough to bear anything now, having borne
the worst that could ever happen to her. She could not desert Tara; she
belonged to the red acres far more than they could ever belong to her.
Her roots went deep into the blood-colored soil and sucked up life, as
did the cotton." - Narrator. pg. 420 The Narrator showing Scarlett's
growing realization of the importance to Tara.
9.) "I wonít think of it now. I canít stand it now. Iíll think
of it later." - Scarlett. pg. 426 Scarlett falling back on her
favorite method of dealing with problems she can't handle at the time.
10.) "Hunger gnawed at her empty stomach again and she said
aloud: ĎAs god is my witness, as God is my witness, the Yankees arenít
going to lick me. Iím going to live through this, and when itís over,
Iím never going to be hungry again. No, nor any of my folks. If I have
to steal or kill-as God is my witness, Iím never going to be hungry again."
- Scarlett. pg. 428 Scarlett expressing her controlling motivation
for the remainder of the story.
11.) "When she looked at Tara she could understand, in part,
why wars were fought. Rhett was wrong when he said men fought wars for
money. No, they fought for swelling acres, softly furrowed by the plow,
for pastures greens with stubby cropped grass, for lazy yellow rivers
and white houses that were cool amid magnolias. These were the only things
worth fighting for, the red earth which was theirs and would be their
sonsí, the red earth which would bear cotton for their sons and their
sonsí sons." - Narrator. pg. 434 Narrator showing more of Scarlett's
recognition of her connection with her homeland.
12.) "With a thrill she looked up at the frail swaying girl
for whom she had never had any feelings but of dislike and contempt. Now,
struggling against hatred for Ashleyís wife, there surged a feeling of
admiration and comradeship. She saw in a flash of clarity untouched by
any petty emotion that beneath the gentle voice and the dove-like eyes
of Melanie there was a thin flashing blade of unbreakable steel, felt
too that there were banners and bugles of courage in Melanieís quiet blood."
--Narrator. pg. 440 An observation of Scarlett as she realizes that
Melanie is not the weakling she had early thought.
13.) "Child, itís a very bad thing for a woman to face the worst
that can happen to her, because after sheís faced the worst she canít
ever really fear anything again. And itís very bad for a woman not to
be afraid of something." - Grandma Fontaine. pg. 452 Grandma
Fontaine trying to explain to Scarlett that she does understand what Scarlett
has gone through.
14.) "She had thought Grandma was going to understand and perhaps
show her some way to solve her problems. But like all old people sheíd
gotten to talking about things that happened before anyone was born, things
no one was interested in. Scarlett wished she had not confided in her"
- Narrator. pg. 453 Scarlett has not yet learned to make a connection
between her own sufferings and those of another.
15.) "Scarlett permitted the embrace because she was too tired
to struggle, because the words of praise brought balm to her spirit and
because, in the dark smoke-filled kitchen, there had been born a greater
respect for her sister-in-law, a closer feeling of comradeship."
- Narrator. pg. 470 Showing Scarlett's reaction to Melanie after the
two girls had extinguished the fire.
16.) "My home is gone and all the money that I so took for granted
I never realized I had it. And I am fitted for nothing in this world,
for the world I belonged in has gone. I canít help you, Scarlett, except
by learning with as good grace as possible to be a clumsy farmer...And
every day I see more clearly how helpless I am to cope with what has come
on us all. Every day my accursed shrinking from realities makes it harder
for me to face the new realities." - Ashley. pg. 527 Ashley trying
to explain to Scarlett why he is so helpless in face of all the changes
that have come about since the war.
17.) "Scarlett, before the war, life was beautiful. There was
a glamor to it, a perfection and a completeness and a symmetry to it like
Grecian art....To me living at Twelve Oaks, there was a real beauty to
living. I belonged in that life. I was a part of it. And now it is gone
and I have no place in this new life, and I am afraid. Now, I know that
in the old days it was a shadow show I watched. I avoided everything which
was not shadow, people and situations which were too real, too vital.
I resented their intrusion. I tried to avoid you too Scarlett. You were
too full of living and too real and I was cowardly enough to prefer shadows
and dreams" - Ashley. pg. 529 Ashley acknowledging his own weakness
and explaining why he never pursued Scarlett with any persistence.
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