Will cautions Scarlett about carpetbaggers and scallawags who are plotting to snatch Tara from her. These parties now run the government and have raised Tara’s taxes to their highest so Scarlett will be compelled to offer her farm. She goes to Ashley for advice, but he has none to give. Rather, he discusses how ill-suited he is for this new post-war world and considers himself a quitter, which Scarlett questions. When he discusses fleeing, she trusts him and offers to flee with him. They kiss tenderly. However Ashley withdraws from it. He will never succeed in love with Melanie, and Ashley supposes he and Melanie ought to take opposite directions in social life. Scarlett guarantees Ashley she will never entice him again, albeit lonely. Ashley then indicates to her that she has Tara.
Scarlett comes back to the house as a luxurious car pulls up. Inside are Jonas Wilkerson, their previous manager, and his partner, Emmie Slattery Wilkerson; both are intricately overdressed. They plan to purchase Tara after Scarlett neglects to pay her soaring debts. Scarlett orders them out of the house, and resolves to raze Tara to the ground before she lets them live there. In addition to other things, she is appalled by the possibility of the Wilkersons bringing liberated slaves to eat at Tara.
Scarlett chooses to return to Atlanta and look for Rhett. He is very well off, individuals say; she chooses to get married to him or be his mistress, in the event he will not marry her. She supposes she is not pretty or sharp-looking enough to win Rhett, which leads her to make another dress that she believes will assist her in winning Rhett. Mammy gets her and quickly becomes suspicious, and reports that she will go with Scarlett to Atlanta. Scarlett makes everybody aware that she is going to Atlanta to get cash to pay Tara’s expenses, where they all contribute to send her. Just Ashley, Will, and Mammy believe she might come up with something they will not approve, just to spare Tara.