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.