Scarlett separates herself from everyone as she stays in her room. Everybody is endeavoring to give her comfort in her anguish, however she is more terrified than saddened. She points the finger at herself for Frank’s death, and for taking him from Suellen. She drinks intensely and cries endlessly.
However, when Rhett shows up, she consents to see him. She reveals to Rhett her fears of going to Hell. Rhett talks her through her feelings of fright, helping her acknowledge that she laments Frank’s demise, yet she does not generally lament the means she used to capture him. He is patient and quiet as she works through her emotions. However, in the end, he drives the discussion where he needs it to go: he requests that Scarlett gets married to him.
As Rhett is going to leave town on a business trip, he needs to get covertly engaged to Scarlett so she will not marry some other wealthy man while he is on the trip. Scarlett says she would not like to marry anybody, yet in truth she stills longs for Ashley. Rhett makes sense of what she is saying; and he gets hold of Scarlett and kisses her. At that moment, his kiss manipulates Scarlett to lose all thought of Ashley, and responds in passion. At that point, she consents she is ready to marry him and seeks to know if she has agreed merely because of his money. Scarlett admits it is a part of it, which appears to make him cheerful. However, says she is “affectionate” about him, which appears to make him a little bit disappointed. Rhett says he could never tell Scarlett on her face that he cherished her: “you would be the last person I’d ever tell. God help the man who ever really loves you. You'd break his heart.”
Rhett comes back from work with a ring so huge that it humiliates even Scarlett. Their plan — coming not so not long after Frank’s demise — shocks everybody. Scarlett gets into a heated discussion with Mammy, who calls her “a mule in horse harness” and Rhett “trash”. After their wedding, Scarlett tells Rhett what Mammy stated, and he smiles and recognizes that she is right. Rhett reveals to Scarlett the idea that individuals will dislike them because they are rich and do what pleases them. He examines her face for something he does not appear to see: love.