Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 10-11
Summary

Chapter 10

After the ball, Aunt Pittypat is alarmed by Scarlett’s conduct, and informing her to stay away from Rhett. At the point when Rhett buys Melanie’s wedding ring to engage with her, Melanie comes to Rhett’s defense. Scarlett presumes Rhett made this step just to get himself welcomed to Aunt Pittypat’s home, and she presumes he did not buy the ring to get engaged with her. Scarlett gets a letter of admonition from her mother, and her father visits her to caution Rhett away and to bring Scarlett back to Tara. In response, Rhett makes Gerald drunk, and Scarlett persuades her father to permit her to remain in Atlanta.

Chapter 11

While Melanie and Pittypat are on a visit, Scarlett secretly enters Melanie’s room to read Ashley’s letters; she needs to see whether the two are loaded up with enthusiasm, and is eventually satisfied to find they are most certainly not very deep in love; in fact, they are a long way from it. Ashley composes long, complex clarifications of his inability to appreciate the war, and says he fears the Southern lifestyle he loves is being damaged beyond recovery. To him, it does not matter whether or not the South wins the war. Ashley also makes reference to a man named Butler, particular with regards to his sentiments during the ball. Scarlett finds the letters to be silly.

Analysis

Rhett controls others considerably more effectively than Scarlett. He knows exactly how to deal with Melanie, Aunt Pittypat, Gerald, and even Scarlett. It is nothing unexpected when he entices Scarlett out of grief. Less expected, in any case, is Rhett’s impact on Ashley. In one of Ashley’s letters to Melanie, he reviews what Rhett said and esteemed it to a great extent to be accurate.

Scarlett is having a fabulous time now that she is breaking the “rules” for widows, yet — despite everything — she is still having strong feelings towards Ashley. Her pure love for him looks somewhat like adult passion: the affection is amazingly selfish; and she loses enthusiasm for Ashley’s letters and cannot comprehend why he writes such exhausting stuff. While she is persuaded to believe it is an indication of his lack of enthusiasm or love for Melanie, it is, rather, an impression of who Ashley is and what he shares with Melanie: shared interests and an unrelenting desire to withdraw from the world’s harshness.

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