Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 48-49
Summary

Chapter 48

Marriage with Rhett can be a considerable measure of fun. Rhett introduces Scarlett to very powerful individuals, yet they have faulty pasts. He gets her expensive and beautiful garments and treats her to extravagant meals. Rhett resembles a loving father spoiling a child with all manner of gifts. For her part, Scarlett never completely comprehends Rhett. At times, he is humble and loving toward her; yet, when he detects she is thinking of Ashley, he ends up irate and storms out. However, when he hears that she is experiencing the terrible dreams she always has, he goes by her side.

Scarlett purchases beautiful presents for everybody with the exception of Mammy; she is very unhappy with Mammy’s comments. Rhett is not, by any stretch of the imagination, upset about it, and he organizes to have a red petticoat made for Mammy since she always wanted one. Rhett reveals to Scarlett they will get a house when they come back to Atlanta, and Scarlett identifies an unnecessarily expensive house intended to flaunt their riches. Rhett cautions her that they will not be well known in Atlanta, however he consents to give her a chance to spend money on the house, her garments, the kids, and even Tara. Unsurprisingly, he demands that none of his cash will go to helping Ashley Wilkes.

Chapter 49

At the time when Scarlett and Rhett come back to Atlanta, the “Old Guard” — the Confederate families living in Atlanta — must choose whether to recognize or to ignore them. A majority of the ladies do not think it is necessary, yet Melanie demands it. She helps everybody to remember the great things Scarlett has done for the benefit of Ashley and for her, and she says any individual who will not visit Scarlett should stop thinking of visiting her too. A significant number of the men figure out that they should make a visit to Scarlett and Rhett on the grounds that he helped save their lives. The ladies visit Scarlett and Rhett once, yet they do not seek an association with them.

Scarlett does not care at first; she is busy making friends with the “new” people in Atlanta, including the state’s new and loathed Republican governor. Rhett calls her attention to the fact that her new companions are bringing down their class and cautions she will be in trouble when the Democrats recapture the seat; however, she overlooks him. Scarlett and Rhett are arguing a lot more now. He says inconsiderate things and makes her distraught; and when she endeavors to argue back, he rejects her. Rhett can be inconsiderate to her companions as well; for instance, he openly rebukes them for the unscrupulous and corrupt ways they made their money.

At the point when Scarlett rebukes her for declining to meet the scallawag representative, Melanie inquires as to whether she has overlooked what the Yankees did to them: “I won't forget. I won’t let my Beau forget and I’ll teach my grandchildren to hate these people — and my grandchildren’s grandchildren, if God lets me live that long!”

Analysis

Scarlett invested a lot of her time envisioning what she would do if she at any point got enough money. Presently, there is a be careful what you wish for tone to the story. Scarlett swims in cash endlessly, makes unworthy new companions while rejecting old ones, and she does not stress over tomorrow. To some degree, this is reasonable: Scarlett has had a harsh time. Besides, she does not need to stress over how to pay the bills, and she savors the experience of resting in a nice bed after years on a sleeping cushion loaded up with awkward straw. Unfortunately, this is not sufficient for her: she constructs an immensely monstrous house and she also desires to command Atlanta society. Despite the fact that she has money at that moment, she hints at not being an “incredible woman” like her mother. Rhett cautioned her about casting off virtues that made her who she is, noticing they do not generally return. The statement is, by all accounts, valid in Scarlett’s case.

Regardless of Rhett’s image as a fraud and a high-roller, he is much more practical and reasonable than Scarlett, and he makes scathing comments about her choices. Scarlett’s new companions are crooks, cheats, and liars — however, she does not mind. Melanie develops into an amazing personality in these parts. Her blind faithfulness to Scarlett compels the ladies in the “Old Guard” to go to Scarlett once. In spite of this, Melanie’s outburst against Scarlett might be one of the novel’s most memorable sections. She declined to meet the Republican representative and entreats Scarlett to think of every one of the Confederates lost in the war. Mitchell is communicating the sentiments of a generation, but through Melanie; if a humble and good individual like Melanie felt such solid contempt, one can envision how different Southerners felt.

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