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Dear Frank,
If I had a son and he was at a party, watched a girl drink more than she meant to, saw her pass out, and made the decision to rape her… I would blame him. He would be a rapist.

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When Scarlett confesses her feelings to Rhett, he tells her that his love for her has worn out and that he is going away. Rhett says he is going to search for a calm, dignified life like the one he and the South lost in the war. Scarlett pleads for “what shall she do if he leaves her?” Rhett parts with the words, “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Rhett and Scarlett cannot work out their difficulties because they are too similar, and they are both equally to blame for the failure of their love. Scarlett wasted time ignoring years of Rhett’s devotion, she was too self-absorbed to see that true love lies just underneath Rhett’s veneer of apathy. Rhett cannot rein in his passion for Scarlett, and lets it erupt in violence. When he finally won her heart he threw it away in a true moment of apathy.

After Rhett’s declaration that he doesn’t care what happens to her. Scarlett is in misery and shock, but she decides she must go back to Tara, for there, Mammy will comfort her. Scarlett believes she will grow strong again and find a way to win Rhett back.

I suppose that the end of the novel can be read as either tragic or hopeful:
1. Scarlett will get Rhett back and after she goes back to Tara to renew her strength. The final phrase of the novel, “tomorrow is another day,” could signify that the story does not end with the novel and that Scarlett will never give up in her quest for happiness.

2. However, the same events can be read more darkly. Scarlett has lost Rhett’s love, and although we have seen her survive through many hardships, she has never lost a husband she loved (she does not love either of her previous husbands). Her determination to return to Tara seems either valiant or deluded, for it is not entirely certain she will find happiness alone at Tara. Her final repetition of the mantra “tomorrow is another day” seems slightly disappointing. Scarlett always thinks she will put off moral considerations until an easier time, but as the novel ends she still has not reflected on her actions or learned from her wrongdoing. In some ways, she has not progressed at all.

Still, Scarlet does stand for the South and the South’s resilience. When Scarlett chooses Rhett over Ashley it suggests that the life of the Old South, symbolized by Ashley, no longer exists. Like the Old South, Scarlett gives up hopeless dreams of a past life and looks to build a better future. Rhett scoffs at the South early on, but in the end he speaks sentimentally of his Southern heritage, so that when Scarlett chooses Rhett to love, she chooses the strange mixture of old and new that Rhett embodies. Like Scarlett, the South survives by changing with the changing times.

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While Scarlet is recooping in Tara, Rhett convinces Melanie to convice Ashley to buy the mill from Scarlet. He does so but Scarlet is peeved at his desire to fire the convicts.

Scarlett’s loss of control is nothing in comparison of Rhett’s loss of control over his daughter. Bonnie is becoming increasingly spoiled, and Rhett does nothing to curb this. For example she likes to ride, so he buys her a little Shetland pony and teaches her to jump obstacles. Then one day Bonnie asks Rhett for a higher bar, and he gives it to her. Bonnie calls out to Scarlett to “watch me take this one!” Memories of her father uttering the same words back in the day, Scarlett cries out for Bonnie to stop, but it is too late. The pony misses the jump, throwing Bonnie to her death.

Rhett is so distraught that he locks himself in his room with the dead child, refusing to bury her because of her fear of the dark. Melanie hurries to Rhett’s side. She persuades him to let Bonnie’s funeral go forward and sits up all night with Bonnie’s body as Rhett sleeps.

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Weeks after the funeral, Scarlett is afraid and lonely and wishing Rhett would comfort her, but he is always drunk, hostile, and bitter. Scarlett longs to tell him that she does not blame him for Bonnie’s death.

Eventually while Scarlett is in Marietta, Georgia, she receives an urgent telegram from Rhett saying that Melanie is dying. Scarlett rushes home to find Melanie on her deathbed. Although Melanie was told to never have more children because of her frailty, she got pregnant and had a miscarriage, and the effort has doomed her. Suddenly realizing how much strength she has gotten from Melanie over the years and how much she has wronged Melanie, Scarlett feels an overwhelming sense of loss. At Melanie’s bedside, Scarlett promises to look after Ashley and Beau. Scarlett needs Ashley for strength, but when she sees him broken and weak, she realizes that she must have loved a fantasy that she created, not the man.

Scarlett goes outside to clear her head. Walking through a thick mist, she realizes with terror that her surroundings match those of her recurring nightmare (in which she runs through a fog looking for something, not knowing what she hopes to find). But suddenly she realizes that she wants to find Rhett. She now understands that she loves him and that he has loved her all along. No longer afraid and sad, she runs joyfully home to him.

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Surprise, suprise Scarlett is caught in Ashley’s arms at the mill. They were reminissing as a stale tactic of Scarlet’s to keep Ashley away from his surprise party. Rhett is jelous “suduces” Scarlett that night at their home, then promply disappears for several days (he went to the whore house). Men!

Rhett says he is taking Bonnie away for a while and they are gone for three months. While he is away Scarlett misses him deeply and she discovers she is pregnant again. Surprisingly for once the news of pregnancy makes her happy. Rhett mocks Scarlett (He says, “Cheer up, maybe you’ll have a miscarriage.”) Enraged, Scarlett takes a swing at him. Rhett dodges the blow and Scarlett falls down a long staircase. As a result she loses the baby and nearly dies herself. Melanie stays by her side nursing her back to health. Rhett, torn with his guilt tells Melanie that he loves Scarlett and fears that he has killed her with his crazed jealousy.

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Rhett proposes to Scarlett and they have a quicky wedding and honey in New Orleans. Atlanta is full of gossip regarding their wedding. This is not only because Rhett is an outcast but Scarlett is now also, for her part in the KKK’s action upon the two men who attact her that night. The women of Atlanta see her as having indangered not only her own husband (and getting him killed) but other husband’s as well.

So Scarlett turns her back on these woman and turns towards Yankees in high society even more.

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Scarlett discovers that she is pregnant. She wants to terminate the pregnancy, but Rhett refuses to allow Scarlett to risk her life (he once saw a woman die while aborting her baby). Scarlett has a little girl and everyone is surpised to find Rhett is a real softy when it comes to his child. They name the baby Eugenie Victoria, but when the baby’s eyes are blue like the bonnie blue Confederate flag, the baby’s nickname becomes Bonnie Blue Butler.

Scarlett visits the mill and Ashley indicates that he is jealous of Rhett. Thrilled that Ashley still loves her, Scarlett decides to tell Rhett that she wants separate bedrooms. Rhett tells her that he will look elsewhere for female companionship. After he leaves, Scarlett cries while thinking she will miss waking in his arms after a nightmare and long conversations before sleep.

Rhett decides that Bonnie must not because he and Scarlett have fallen from society’s grace. He begins a campaign to regain good favor in the eyes of the old Southern matrons. Eventually, Old Atlanta comes around and embraces Rhett and Bonnie, though not Scarlett.

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