Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 39-40
Summary

Chapter 39

Will picks up Scarlett at the train station; he discloses to her about Gerald’s demise and that it was Suellen’s mistake. Anxious to obtain money from the Yankees, Suellen endeavored to constrain the dumbfounded Gerald into signing a paper, saying he never was, at any time, in support of the Confederacy. Gerald acknowledges what is going on and, without hesitation, tears up the paper. He storms out, snatches the closest horse, and rides for home. Just before Tara, the horse tosses him, and he breaks his neck. Notwithstanding this, Will discloses to Scarlett he would like to get married to Suellen. Although he feels for Carreen, she does not love him. Will believes that Suellen will be more joyful when she is married to him, and he can take charge of the management of Tara. Scarlett respects his decision, despite the fact that she cannot comprehend why he needs to marry Suellen.

Chapter 40

Will and Ashley make an attempt to prevent a scene from developing at Gerald’s burial service. He requests to talk first, where he gives a basic-yet–deep moving speech about how Gerald’s “heart” stopped functioning when Ellen died. He additionally declares his commitment to Suellen — news that is not especially prevalent in the neighborhood. Everybody loves Will, but everybody points the finger at Suellen for Gerald’s demise. Will also makes use of Scarlett’s pregnancy as a reason to make two of the most honorable ladies — Grandma Fontaine and Beatrice Tarleton — bring Scarlett into the house before the memorial service closes. After Grandma Fontaine sends Beatrice off to bring something to drink, she subsequently has a long talk with Scarlett. She trusts that Melanie, not Ashley, will help the Wilkes family survive, and she makes a comparison between Melanie to Ellen, Scarlett’s mother. As Grandma Fontaine endeavors to give Scarlett pieces of advice, Scarlett disregards it as she has always done so.

Analysis

Suellen is, without a doubt, to blame for Gerald’s demise. However, she was endeavoring to follow Scarlett’s model: get cash from the Yankees in any way possible. Scarlett even found value in Suellen’s thought, to a degree. Be that as it may, Suellen’s game plan required controlling Gerald — a feat that even Scarlett would not be able to achieve.

The O'Hara ladies anticipated that they would get married to rich plantation owners’ children, not a low-class individual like Will. However, his astuteness and ability to work hard are substantially more significant than a respected name. His memorable speech at Gerald’s burial service advances the hypothesis of a man’s “mainspring”, without which he or she cannot go and endure challenges. The mainspring analogy applies to a large number of the book’s characters.

Scarlett’s discussion with Grandma Fontaine is edifying. Like Rhett, Grandma Fontaine has far less regard for Ashley than Scarlett does. Both Grandma Fontaine and Rhett are outcasts, to various degrees, and they appreciate Melanie’s greatness and Ashley’s challenges. Scarlett keeps contradicting both of them, yet Grandma reveals to her she simply is not savvy “about folks”.

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