Scarlett regularly asks why Rhett agreed to marry her; she cannot figure out how he feels about her. She is very clear about how she feels. When she learns she is pregnant, she decides to do something about it; the book’s wording is unclear, but she is alluding to an unlawful abortion. Rhett responds with fear, advising her to not do anything hazardous on the grounds that she could die. Scarlett thinks about whether she truly means that much to him; he playfully answers that he has invested a large amount of money in her.
Rhett and Scarlett have a daughter, Bonnie. Everybody is stunned by Rhett’s response to parenthood. He is elated to have a little girl and turns into a wonderful father instantly. His emotion even wins over Mammy, who at long last wears her red petticoat.
Scarlett goes to the plant and has a private talk with Ashley. He is not profiting from the factory since he goes very easy on the employees, and beseeches her to stop working with the convicts. Ashley believes that Scarlett’s insatiability originates from Rhett’s influence, and he rages about how Rhett has “hardened” and “brutalized” her innocent soul. Scarlett, moved by his worry, chooses to keep herself modest and to respect him. As a reward, this will enable her to stop getting pregnant.
She goes home and reports her desire to Rhett, who promptly knows she is considering Ashley once more. He advises her she is breaking their understanding, yet he shows no worry about her need to stay modest. Rhett says in the event that he truly needed her he would demand it, however he distinctly reveals to her she cannot anticipate that he will be devoted to her under such conditions.