Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell
Contributed by Joslyn Justiniano
Chapter 6
Summary

Scarlett’s desire, probably, is to ensure each man at the grill gets worked up about her — and she succeeds. She even has her sister’s (Suellen) mate, Frank Kennedy, and Melanie’s modest and credulous brother, Charles Hamilton, take care of her. She additionally draws the attention of Rhett Butler, an uninvited visitor with a terrible record. While Charles proposes marriage to her, she gives him an unclear reaction.

The men start talking about the potential war, and generally are anxious to go. At the point when his opinion is sought, Ashley says he will obviously go to battle if war comes, yet he hopes and seeks for peace. Rhett Butler volunteers his ideas: if there is war, the South will effectively be beaten. This angers the men; however, his contention bodes well with Scarlett.

At the point when the women retire for the evening, Scarlett searches for Ashley and shows him her love. He says he really cares for her, yet he already has plans to wed Melanie. She does not get it; they get involved in a heated argument, and she slaps him. Ashley subsequently leaves, and Scarlett soon finds out that Rhett Butler has been in the room the whole time. He was resting there when they entered, and heard everything.

Scarlett is enraged, yet Rhett appreciates her “unladylike” conduct irrespective; he says she ought to be thankful not to be hitched to somebody like Ashley. Scarlett withdraws from Rhett, yet catches some young ladies talking about her; unmistakably, they speculate she has feelings for Ashley. Scarlett thinks that there is something she should do to disguise her actual feelings. Charles Hamilton reveals to her that the American Civil War has started, and proposes once more immediately after, since he will be taking a long leave for battle. Scarlett says yes, but just to escape from her humiliating circumstance.

Analysis

This section gives a fairly detailed piece of information about Scarlett and her association with men, presenting the individuals who will play essential roles throughout Scarlett’s life: Ashley Wilkes, Charles Hamilton, Frank Kennedy, and Rhett Butler. Scarlett’s notoriety with men has not been overstated: she gets every man in the place excited about her — even those she would rather disregard since they are having relationships with other women, with Charles Hamilton being one example.

Rhett does not show the desire that others show around Scarlett. He is clearly not quite the same as the rest. Rhett is attractive, for sure, and he originates from “good blood”, yet his essential trademark is the possible existence of a threat. When he starts eyeing at Scarlett, it promptly feels she giving too much information about herself. Besides, he is roughly 20 years senior to Scarlett, and this bit impacts his mentality toward her.  

When he discusses the war, Rhett presents himself as a brilliant individual. His appraisal of the South's difficulties is unquestionable, and he appears to have a liking to puncturing the energy and desire of the young men who want to participate in the war. Rhett is also in the habit of humiliating Scarlett after he unintentionally overhears her private discussion with Ashley.

Both Ashley and Rhett reveal to Scarlett a similar story she had heard from her father: she and Ashley are excessively opposite, making it impossible for them to be together. Scarlett will not buy this idea. Like a devastated adolescent girl, she has her heart fixed on Ashley, and she will continue pursuing him for a considerable length of time to come.

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