Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 52

One evening, Wade sulks around the house since he was not welcome to a birthday party that each and every other kid is going to. Scarlett doesn't believe it is critical, yet Rhett sees how important it is to Wade. Rhett knows he and Scarlett are in charge of how individuals think of Wade, and that is also true for Bonnie. He will not tolerate anything that would ruin Bonnie’s chances of achievement in life. Wade inquires as to whether he battled in the war; other youngsters have said he didn't. Rhett discloses to Wade that he did, and Wade is consoled — yet Scarlett does not approve of their discussion.

For Bonnie’s future, Rhett chooses to make friends with every one of the Confederates who detests him. He associates with the right groups, votes in favor of Democrats as opposed to his Republican cohorts, and requests child-rearing guidance from the most experienced women of the Old Guard. He possesses a great deal of stock in a bank, and starts appearing there frequently as though he works there. Rhett permits individuals to point the finger at Scarlett for her terrible choices and awful behavior. He tells other individuals he will not let the kids remain in the house with any of her scallawag and carpetbagger companions. Gradually, the individuals’ feelings of Rhett begin to change.

Rhett reveals Bonnie’s fears. When she starts dreading darkness, he enables her to rest in his changing area each night with a light blasting. When he finds that other members of the family do not consider Bonnie’s feelings of trepidation to be of importance, he starts to remain home around evening time so he can be with her. Whenever Bonnie says he smells alcohol, he changes his drinking habits.


Rhett makes strides for Bonnie, steps he could never take for anybody else. He eliminates his drinking, does not remain out late, and starts to behave respectably. It is difficult for people to appreciate whether that is all done simply for people to see, to help Bonnie fit in with society. Be that as it may. Scarlett will not change her conduct, for a show or something else, no matter how it influences her kids. Rhett minds this more than Scarlett does, and it is difficult to argue against it. He even recognizes his chance in the Confederate armed forces when he understands how his life influences the kids.

To a reader in 1936, when the book was published, some of Rhett’s conduct most likely appeared to be unnecessarily liberal. For instance, numerous individuals were of the opinion that youngsters were expected to confront their fears, denounce anything that would make them look weak. Scarlett is not a merciless parent; she needs to toughen up her kids. Be that as it may, individuals anticipated mothers to be the soft and liberal ones, and fathers to advocate for their children to be the opposite.

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