Everybody spends the night in the wagon, depleted and thirsty. They journey toward Tara, passing once-prominent firms now consumed to the ground. Prissy is clueless and
Scarlett is exceptionally cross with her, calling her “nigger”, and even hitting her with a whip. Scarlett is happy and appreciative to see Tara still standing, however she learns that her mother has passed on, and her two sisters are sick. The main slaves left at Tara are Mammy, Pork, and Dilcey (Pork’s partner).
Gerald is devastated and frustrated by Ellen’s demise; and so, Scarlett assumes responsibility. She puts Gerald to bed, sends Pork to find some food, and gets Dilcey to help Melanie and the baby. With Mammy’s assistance, Scarlett keeps an eye on Suellen and Carreen. She understands that her family got typhoid after her mother breastfed the Slattery’s. The Yankees did not burn Tara in light of the presence of the sick ladies upstairs, yet they utilized the house as their base. They destroyed all the estate’s cotton and took all the food. At this point, Scarlett feels overwhelmed by her new obligations, and drinks a portion of her father’s whisky on an empty stomach, where she gets terribly drunk. As Mammy and Dilcey put her to bed, Scarlett feels that an O’Hara can’t rely upon any other people. Family pride and the love of the land are deep down in Scarlett’s heart — as her father once noted. She is resolved they will all survive.