Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 43

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.


Rhett and Scarlett’s discussion offers a considerable measure of facts about the two characters. Scarlett has strayed so distantly from good deeds that not even Rhett can accept what she does. He does not express objections to the greater part of Scarlett’s faulty decisions, yet he is exact in naming them, from murder to taking her sister’s partner. Rhett will not ignore how Scarlett has done shocking or deceptive things, yet he values her determination to survive. His compliments help Scarlett to remember who she initially desired to be: an “incredible woman” like her mother. She demands she will be philanthropic and a cheerful giver when she has enough money, yet Rhett does not trust this.

A significant number of the stalwarts of the Confederacy dismiss Rhett, yet he respects some of them. He perceives a few people make achievements in this new world while still keeping up the ideals that he and Scarlett have cast off. Then again, Rhett has no place for Ashley; he feels that Ashley ought to have died in the war to save himself and his family from such extensive suffering. More than any other character in the book, Rhett is a pragmatist; this puts him inconsistent with the general public, even after their cataclysmic loss of the American Civil War.

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