Scarlett is presently acting like some sort of bully, as how this chapter describes her. Still, she brings out sensitivity, especially as nobody else in her life appears to see exactly how much things must change.
Pork and Prissy are constantly prepared to make excuses for their actions. One of their most-loved reasons is that they are house slaves who cannot be called upon to do outside work. Their status as house slaves matters greatly to them since house slaves were viewed as better than yard slaves — better looking, more quick-witted, easier to handle — and they carried on with a superior life. For Pork or Prissy, working outside would be as stunning as it would for Scarlett, Suellen, or Carreen. The distinction is the O’Hara sisters would not be rebuked for committing an error in their work, yet field slaves most likely would.
The others similarly oppose Scarlett’s pronouncements since they are in denial. Rhett has remarked before on Scarlett’s reasonableness, and here she shows it. She has her periods of anguish, lying in the garden at the demolished Wilkes estate, and afterwards moving on from it, more dedicated and determined than any time in the recent period, and never looking back. She recognizes what she needs to do to survive, and she will do it.