Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 12-13

Chapter 12

Supplies are being depleted over time because of the war. It is not finishing as early as the Southerners had wanted. However, Scarlett is excessively occupied with teasing to cause any worry and stress to men. In fact, the war has accelerated the pace of romance for many, including Scarlett’s two sisters. While Suellen has “an understanding” with the affluent-but-old Frank Kennedy, Carreen is infatuated with Brent Tarleton. Visiting Tara is no longer, to such an extent, fun since her sisters are concerned about their sweethearts, and where Gerald and Ellen are making efforts to manage the ranch. Scarlett is constantly anxious to return to the air of Atlanta, where she enjoyed the endless moments of fun, besides the continuous visits from Rhett.

Individuals value Rhett’s endeavors to run around the blockade and get the required supplies and treats for the women. Be that as it may, when he says the war was an oversight and the South will lose, he turns into an outsider. The main women of Atlanta society tell Scarlett and Melanie to stop seeing him, yet Melanie is unable to. She says Ashley feels the same about the war, hence she will not dismiss Rhett. Scarlett is astonished Melanie can stand up and support a position she believes in, and that Ashley and Rhett could possibly find something to which both of them agree. Thinking over the matter again, Scarlett realizes that Rhett had settled on the better choice by not joining in the war; however, she is astonished that it is possible for her to challenge Ashley’s decision.

Chapter 13

The vast majority in Atlanta dismiss Rhett. Yet, despite everything, he visits Aunt Pittypat’s home. Scarlett instructs him to hide his sentiments to get along with the other individuals, but Rhett criticizes her for having bad faith and advises that she should stop agonizing over what other individuals think. He attempts unsuccessfully to motivate her to stop being perpetually in grief; she, at long last, caves when he brings her an incredibly beautiful cap from France. Scarlett anticipates that Rhett will request for some payment, and says she will not any cost wed him. Rhett reveals that he is not the marriage type of a man, yet he says he will get his “payments” sooner or later. Although he cautions Scarlett about possibly destroying her reputation, she does not care at all.

On the following day, Melanie returns home from the clinic after an experience with a “terrible lady”, Belle Watling, who runs a brothel. Belle confronted Melanie on the grounds that she needs to support the Cause. The other women in the facility would not accept Belle to nurture fighters since she is “bad”; so she asks Melanie to take her cash. Scarlett is intrigued by Melanie’s experience — specifically until the point that she comes to the realization that Belle’s cash is tied in a handkerchief she recognizes to be owned by Butler.


It is intriguing that Scarlett suddenly questions Ashley’s decisions; and she is shocked by her direction of thought and actions. In some ways, Rhett has an influence on her more than she is able to comprehend. Be that as it may, Scarlett has constantly illustrated an unrivaled ability to be pragmatic when thinking about critical issues. That is a piece of what makes her so not-quite-the-same as Ashley and Melanie. Pragmatically speaking, for what reason would anybody choose to battle in a war they hope to lose? It is better to wait and protect oneself and spare the energy to fight for a war you can win. That is Rhett’s statement of faith; it is not respectable, yet it is the statement of faith of a survivor. He has positively substantiated himself to be that.

Rhett and Scarlett’s relationship continues to grow in complication, and there are signs it might collapse at any time. Rhett brings pretty items as gifts and never requests a kiss; however, Scarlett anticipates that he should ask for it. He indicates to her that he is not the type of man who is inclined to marry, which befuddles her; she cannot make sense of what he needs or wants. They have both said — on numerous occasions — that they are not interested in marrying each other. Even so, Scarlett is irate when she sees Belle Watling with Rhett’s handkerchief. Also, Rhett, in spite of his apparent lack of desire, continues visiting Scarlett.

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