Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 57-58

Chapter 57

Rhett sends Scarlett, Wade, and Ella to Tara so Scarlett can recuperate. At that point, Rhett goes to visit Melanie. He reveals to her he needs Scarlett to stop handling the mills, which can happen if Ashley just gets them from her. At the point when Melanie concedes she and Ashley do not have the money to purchase the plants, Rhett offers to give them the money if Melanie guarantees not to tell Ashley where it originated from; Melanie concurs.

Scarlett comes back from Tara looking better. Will and Suellen are doing great at Tara, yet it is a homestead now, not an estate. The war put an end to estates. All things considered, because of Scarlett and Will’s endeavors, Tara is a standout among the best ranches in the area. Rhett compels Scarlett into handing over the factories to Ashley. He says when the factories are under his command, he will never again use slaves as workers, a system that helped Scarlett make greater profits. Scarlett feels censured and starts to make a point for her choice, saying her family required the money. Rhett inquires as to whether the money has made her happy; Scarlett lacks a response.

Chapter 58

Rhett is home more regularly nowadays, yet he never appears to be inspired by anything Scarlett does. He has made companions with numerous individuals from Atlanta’s Old Guard — besides individuals who used to detest him — and Scarlett, at long last, inquires as to whether he is in the Klan. Rhett discloses to her how he and Ashley departed from the Klan a long time back, yet he is making countless efforts to get Democrats back in control in Georgia. He guarantees Scarlett his endeavors will make a major contribution to Bonnie’s future prospects. Scarlett acknowledges she is the odd one in Atlanta: Bonnie and Rhett are massively well known with the Old Guard, and yet she is not.


Scarlett’s contention with Ashley about slave work uncovers something vital: she is not cheerful. For quite a while, Scarlett felt that is she has sufficiently money, she would live a happy life, and that she would be an incredible woman; her children would love her; everything would be brilliant. It has failed to play out as expected. Nobody appears to love her, including her children, and she is no more useful than she has been at any point.

The message “money can't buy happiness” may mirror the time in which Margaret Mitchell was composing this story: 1936, in the heat of the Great Depression. A number of books and films of that time investigated the thought for the significant portion of the population experiencing financial struggles that money could not solve the problem. Well known 1930s films regularly indicated rich individuals as insidious, voracious, or just ignorant regarding how the world functioned. While Gone with the Wind is set in the earlier part of the century, Mitchell addresses a portion of those Depression-period topics.

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