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23.) "She could not ignore life. She had to live it and it was
too brutal, too hostile, for her even to try to gloss over its harshness
with a smile. Of the sweetness and courage and unyielding pride of her
friends, Scarlett saw nothing. She saw only a silly stiff-neckedness which
observed facts but smiled and refused to look them in the face."
- Narrator. pg. 608 More of Scarlett's thoughts
24.) "The women bore themselves like ladies, and she knew they
were ladies, though menial tasks were their daily lot and they didnít
know where their next dress was coming from...'Ah!' she thought angrily,
sucking in her breath. 'That's the difference! Even though they're poor,
they still feel like ladies and I don't. The silly fools don't seem to
realize that you can't be a lady without money!' Even in this flash of
revelation, she realized vaguely that, foolish though they seemed, theirs
was the right attitude." - Narrator. pg. 609 Narrator explaining
Scarlett's awareness of the correct attitude even though she couldn't
bring herself to share it.
25.) "All you've done is to be different from other women and
you've made a little success at it. As I've told you before, that is the
one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned! Scarlett,
the mere fact that you've made a success of your mill is an insult to
every man who hasn't succeeded. Remember, a well-bred female's place is
in the home and she should know nothing about this busy, brutal world."
- Rhett. pg. 678 Rhett trying to explain to Scarlett why the other
women disapprove of her.
26.) "My dear Miss Melly, it is always a privilege and a pleasure
to be in your home, for you-and ladies like you-are the hearts of all
of us, all that have left. They have taken the flower of our manhood and
the laughter of our young women. They have broken our health, uprooted
our lives and unsettled our habits. They have ruined our prosperity, set
us back fifty years and placed too heavy a burden on the shoulders of
our boys who should be in school and our old men who should be sleeping
in the sun. But we will build back because we have hearts like yours to
build upon. And as long as we have them, the Yankees can have the rest."
- Dr. Mead. pg. 638 Dr. Mead praising Melanie for the encouragement
she gives to the people.
27.) "It isn't losing their money, my pet. I tell you it's losing
their world-the world they were raised in. They're like fish out of water
or cats with wings. They were raised to be certain persons, to do certain
things, to occupy certain niches. And those persons and things and niches
disappeared forever when General Lee arrived at Appomattox. Oh, Scarlett,
don't look so stupid! What is there for Ashley Wilkes to do, now that
his home is gone and his plantation taken up for taxes and fine gentlemen
are going twenty for a penny? Can he work with his head or his hands?
I'll bet you've lost money hand over fist since he took over that mill."
- Rhett. pg. 770 Rhett trying to explain to Scarlett why Ashley and
others like him are unable to adjust to the postwar conditions.
28.) "It's something you can't understand, not possessing any-any
common courtesy, common good breeding. It's the realization that if all
of us don't hang together and submerge our own small hates, we can't expect
to beat the Yankees. But you-you-you've done all you could to lower the
prestige of decent people-working and bringing shame on a good husband,
giving Yankees and riffraff the right to laugh at us and make insulting
remarks about our lack of gentility. Yankees don't know that you aren't
one of us and have never been. Yankees haven't sense enough to know that
you haven't any gentility. And when you've ridden about the woods exposing
yourself to attack, you've exposed every well-behaved woman in town to
attack by putting temptation in the way of darkies and mean white trash."
- India Wilkes. pg. 795 India Wilkes telling Scarlett why the women
have such a negative opinion of her.
29.) "He was actually asking her to marry him; he was committing
the incredible. Once she had planned how she would torment him should
he ever propose. Once she had thought that if he ever spoke those words
she would humble him and make him feel her power and take a malicious
pleasure in doing it. Now he had spoken and the plans did not even occur
to her, for he was no more in her power than he had ever been. In fact,
he held the whip hand of the situation so completely that she was as flustered
as a girl at her first proposal and she could only blush and stammer."
- Narrator. pg. 832 Narrator explaining Scarlett's reaction to Rhett's
30.) "Why should you so resent hearing the truth, my pet? You
must bring Mammy a present. It would break her heart if you didn't-and
hearts like hers are too valuable to be broken." - Rhett. pg.
851 Rhett on his and Scarlett's honeymoon; he is agreeing with Mammy's
comments about him and insisting that Scarlett include Mammy in the presents.
31.) "Damn our money! all our money can't buy what I want for
her. I'd rather Bonnie was invited to eat dry bread in the Picards' miserable
house or Mrs. Elsing's rickety barn than to be the belle of a Republican
inaugural ball. Scarlett, you've been a fool. You should have insured
a place for your children in the social scheme years ago-but you didn't
You didn't even bother to keep what position you had. And it's too much
to hope that you'll mend your ways at this late date. You're too anxious
to make money and too fond of bullying people." - Rhett. pg.
903 Rhett realizing the lifestyle they have chosen will cause harm to
their children, especially Bonnie.
32.) "Oh, yes, you've been faithful to me because Ashley wouldn't
have you. but, hell, I wouldn't have grudged him your body. I know how
little bodies mean-especially women's bodies. But I do grudge him your
heart and your dear, hard unscrupulous, stubborn mind. He doesn't want
your mind, the fool, and I don't want your body. I can buy women cheap.
But I do want your mind and your heart, and I'll never have them, any
more than you'll ever have Ashley's mind. And that's why I'm sorry for
you." - Rhett. pg. 938 Rhett berating Scarlett in the evening
after Ashley's birthday party.
33.) "He never really existed at all, except in my imagination,"
she thought wearily. "I loved something I made up, something that's
just as dead as Melly is. I made a pretty suit of clothes and fell in
love with it. And when Ashley came riding along, so handsome, so different,
I put that suit on him and made him wear it whether it fitted him or not.
And I wouldn't see what he really was. I kept on loving the pretty clothes-and
not him at all." - Scarlett. pg. 1016 Scarlett realizing that
she is not in love with Ashley after all.
34.) "I'll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it
then. Tomorrow, I'll think of someway to get him back. After all, tomorrow
is another day." - Scarlett to herself. pg. 1037 One of the most
famous quotes of the novel. Scarlett turning to her usual solution for
coping with the fact that Rhett is leaving her.
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