Scarlett is sitting in the firm holding Ella when Rhett returns. He clarifies that his dad has passed on, and he has been providing help to his female relatives. They are embarrassed about him, and yet they still take his money, albeit subtly.
Rhett has a serious discussion with Scarlett. He says that he loaned her money to get her first sawmill under one condition: she would not take the money and use it to help Ashley. Presently, however, Ashley is profiting from the factory. Scarlett attempts to argue with him, yet Rhett maintains that she has broken her pledge and says he will no longer loan her money. He proclaims that Ashley is being “winnowed out” by the new world that has characterized their environment — a sentiment not unreasonably unique in relation to Ashley’s thought about himself.
Rhett additionally shows Scarlett that he has lowered, or gone a step lower, with regards to her principles for the purposes of profiting. For instance, she “put that little plug-ugly, Gallegher, in charge” so as to work individuals “to death”. Scarlett says she had no other way out; when things are better, she will be an incredible, kind, and a cultured woman, just like her mother. Rhett cautions her that things may not work out in the manner which she anticipates. Before he leaves, he requests that she advises Frank to remain home more frequently around evening time. However, Scarlett does not comprehend what Rhett implies.