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"In the dull twilight of the winter afternoon she came to the end of a long road which had begun the night Atlanta fell. She had set her feet upon that road a spoiled, selfish and untried girl, full of youth, warm of emotion, easily bewildered by life. Now, at the end of the road, there was nothing left of that girl. Hunger and hard labor, fear and constant strain, the terrors of war and the terrors of Reconstruction had taken away all warmth and youth and softness. About the core of her being, a shell of hardness had formed and, little by little, layer by layer, the shell had thickened during the endless months."
- Narrator. pg. 542, Narrator explaining the changes that have taken place in Scarlett that allow her to act as she does in following chapters.
"Advice seems to be the only thing I can give you at present...When you are trying to get something out of a man, donít blurt it out as you did to me. Do try to be more subtle, more seductive. It gets better results. You used to know how, to perfection. But just now when you offered me your-er-collateral for my money you looked as hard as nails. Iíve seen eyes like yours above a dueling pistol twenty paces from me and they arenít a pleasant sight. They evoke no ardor in the male breast. Thatís no way to handle men, my dear."
- Rhett. pg. 587, Rhett gently scolding Scarlett for approaching him so viciously in her request for money. He reminds her that there are better ways to try to get something from a man.
"She knew she had changed too, but not as they had changed, and it puzzled her. She sat and watched them and she felt herself an alien among them, as alien and lonely as if she had come from another world, speaking a language they did not understand and she did not understand theirs. Then she knew that this feeling was the same one she felt with Ashley. with him and with people of his kind-and they made up most of her world-she felt outside of something she could not understand"
- Narrator. pg. 607, Observation of Scarlett's
thoughts as she ponders the difference
between herself and the people of
Atlanta after the war.
"But, no matter what sights they had seen, what menial tasks they had done and would have to do, they remained ladies and gentlemen, royalty in exile-bitter, aloof, incurious, kind to one another, diamond hard, as bright and brittle as the crystals of the broken chandelier over their heads."
- Narrator. pg. 608, Scarlett's confused observation of the attitudes of the southern ladies.
"She could not ignore life. She had to live it and it was too brutal, too hostile, for her even to try to gloss over its harshness with a smile. Of the sweetness and courage and unyielding pride of her friends, Scarlett saw nothing. She saw only a silly stiff-neckedness which observed facts but smiled and refused to look them in the face."
- Narrator. pg. 608, More of Scarlett's thoughts
"The women bore themselves like ladies, and she knew they were ladies, though menial tasks were their daily lot and they didnít know where their next dress was coming from...'Ah!' she thought angrily, sucking in her breath. 'That's the difference! Even though they're poor, they still feel like ladies and I don't. The silly fools don't seem to realize that you can't be a lady without money!' Even in this flash of revelation, she realized vaguely that, foolish though they seemed, theirs was the right attitude."
- Narrator. pg. 609, Narrator explaining Scarlett's awareness of the correct attitude even though she couldn't bring herself to share it.