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"When she looked at Tara she could understand, in part, why wars were fought. Rhett was wrong when he said men fought wars for money. No, they fought for swelling acres, softly furrowed by the plow, for pastures greens with stubby cropped grass, for lazy yellow rivers and white houses that were cool amid magnolias. These were the only things worth fighting for, the red earth which was theirs and would be their sons’, the red earth which would bear cotton for their sons and their sons’ sons." - Narrator. pg. 434, Narrator showing more of Scarlett's recognition of her connection with her homeland.
"With a thrill she looked up at the frail swaying girl for whom she had never had any feelings but of dislike and contempt. Now, struggling against hatred for Ashley’s wife, there surged a feeling of admiration and comradeship. She saw in a flash of clarity untouched by any petty emotion that beneath the gentle voice and the dove-like eyes of Melanie there was a thin flashing blade of unbreakable steel, felt too that there were banners and bugles of courage in Melanie’s quiet blood." - Narrator. pg. 440, An observation of Scarlett as she realizes that Melanie is not the weakling she had early thought.
"Child, it’s a very bad thing for a woman to face the worst that can happen to her, because after she’s faced the worst she can’t ever really fear anything again. And it’s very bad for a woman not to be afraid of something." - Grandma Fontaine. pg. 452, Grandma Fontaine trying to explain to Scarlett that she does understand what Scarlett has gone through.
"She had thought Grandma was going to understand and perhaps show her some way to solve her problems. But like all old people she’d gotten to talking about things that happened before anyone was born, things no one was interested in. Scarlett wished she had not confided in her" - Narrator. pg. 453, Scarlett has not yet learned to make a connection between her own sufferings and those of another.
"Scarlett permitted the embrace because she was too tired to struggle,
because the words of praise brought balm to her spirit and because, in
the dark smoke-filled kitchen, there had been born a greater respect for
her sister-in-law, a closer feeling of comradeship." - Narrator.
pg. 470, Showing Scarlett's reaction
to Melanie after the two girls
had extinguished the fire.
"My home is gone and all the money that I so took for granted I never realized I had it. And I am fitted for nothing in this world, for the world I belonged in has gone. I can’t help you, Scarlett, except by learning with as good grace as possible to be a clumsy farmer...And every day I see more clearly how helpless I am to cope with what has come on us all. Every day my accursed shrinking from realities makes it harder for me to face the new realities." - Ashley. pg. 527, Ashley trying to explain to Scarlett why he is so helpless in face of all the changes that have come about since the war.
"Scarlett, before the war, life was beautiful. There was a glamor to it, a perfection and a completeness and a
symmetry to it like Grecian art....To me living at Twelve Oaks, there was a real beauty to living. I belonged in
"There was nothing else she did have, nothing but this red land, this land she had been willing to throw away like a torn handkerchief only a few minutes before. Now, it was dear to her again and she wondered dully what madness had possessed her to hold it so lightly." - Narrator, pg. 536, Scarlett's recognition that her home is all she really has left to her and that it is worth protecting.