Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 19-20
Summary

Chapter 19

Scarlett, Melanie, Wade, and Prissy are caught in Atlanta. Wade is in a moment of panic and holds tightly on to Scarlett, who just considers him to be a disturbance. She stresses what will happen when Melanie’s infant arrives, yet Prissy guarantees Scarlett she can help with the delivery. Misfortunes heap up: Ashley’s father is executed in the fight, and Scarlett’s sister, Carreen, has typhoid fever. Scarlett is so terrified that she even accepts a visit from Rhett. He indicates that the Yankees are not as awful as Scarlett fears, but rather he agonizes over Melanie’s wellbeing. In the end, he reveals to Scarlett he is happy to be with her alone, and kisses her hand. Scarlett responds passionately to his kiss — more effectively than she at any point responded to another man. She supposes Rhett will propose, so she is irritated when he brings the suggestion that she becomes his mistress. While she shows him out, he starts chuckling at her.

Chapter 20

The Yankees are near Tara, but Scarlett cannot depart and leave Melanie alone. She gets a letter from home: both her sisters and her mother are gravely sick from typhoid. While Scarlett wishes she could return home sooner, Melanie reports the beginning of her labor pain. She advises Scarlett not to send for a specialist yet since the fighters require specialists earnestly. Be that as it may, she is in torment and requests that Scarlett cares for the child in case that she loses her life during labor. Scarlett expels Melanie’s fear and sends Prissy to get a more elderly lady who can keep an eye on Melanie until it is time to get a specialist.

Analysis

Rhett makes his first romantic move in these chapters; however, he has not picked the best time. It is probable that Scarlett physically lured to him. Rhett’s kiss stirs unforeseen responses in her body; Scarlett is still exceptionally youthful and inexperienced, despite the fact that she is a widow.

However, Rhett’s proposition to her does not sit well with her. For Scarlett, turning into a mistress would be an immense drop in social status and would cut her off from her family and companions. When she kicks him out, Rhett is entertained — a sign of how these two are extremely compatible with one another. Scarlett has, in many cases, wanted to hide her true self in order to get a man. Be that as it may, Rhett is completely mindful of Scarlett’s true red-hot self — and it is what draws her to him.

These chapters underline Scarlett’s childhood, even if she acts as though she is a mature lady. She responds to her child, Wade, as a sister may do to a considerably-younger sibling. She yearns to quickly return home to be — or feel — safe. When she learns that her mother is sick, Scarlett panics; she starts to pray quickly, similar to a child attempting to escape from unfortunate situations. She cannot feel for Melanie’s labor pain as she is devoured by her own feelings of trepidation and issues.

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