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"All you've done is to be different from other women and you've made a little success at it. As I've told you before, that is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned! Scarlett, the mere fact that you've made a success of your mill is an insult to every man who hasn't succeeded. Remember, a well-bred female's place is in the home and she should know nothing about this busy, brutal world."
- Rhett. pg. 678, Rhett trying to explain to Scarlett why the other women disapprove of her.
"My dear Miss Melly, it is always a privilege and a pleasure to be in your home, for you-and ladies like you- are the hearts of all of us, all that have left. They have taken the flower of our manhood and the laughter of our young women. They have broken our health, uprooted our lives and unsettled our habits. They have ruined our prosperity, set us back fifty years and placed too heavy a burden on the shoulders of our boys who should be in school and our old men who should be sleeping in the sun. But we will build back because we have hearts like yours to build upon. And as long as we have them, the Yankees can have the rest."
- Dr. Mead. pg. 638, Dr. Mead praising Melanie for the encouragement she gives to the people.
"It isn't losing their money, my pet. I tell you it's losing their world-the world they were raised in. They're like fish out of water or cats with wings. They were raised to be certain persons, to do certain things, to occupy certain niches. And those persons and things and niches disappeared forever when General Lee arrived at Appomattox. Oh, Scarlett, don't look so stupid! What is there for Ashley Wilkes to do, now that his home is gone and his plantation taken up for taxes and fine gentlemen are going twenty for a penny? Can he work with his head or his hands? I'll bet you've lost money hand over fist since he took over that mill."
- Rhett. pg. 770, Rhett trying to
explain to Scarlett why Ashley and
others like him are unable to
adjust to the postwar conditions.
"It's something you can't understand, not possessing any-any common courtesy, common good breeding. It's the realization that if all of us don't hang together and submerge our own small hates, we can't expect to beat the Yankees. But you-you-you've done all you could to lower the prestige of decent people-working and bringing shame on a good husband, giving Yankees and riffraff the right to laugh at us and make insulting remarks about our lack of gentility. Yankees don't know that you aren't one of us and have never been. Yankees haven't sense enough to know that you haven't any gentility. And when you've ridden about the woods exposing yourself to attack, you've exposed every well-behaved woman in town to attack by putting temptation in the way of darkies and mean white trash."
- India Wilkes. pg. 795, India Wilkes telling Scarlett why the women have such a negative opinion of her.
"He was actually asking her to marry him; he was committing the incredible. Once she had planned how she would torment him should he ever propose. Once she had thought that if he ever spoke those words she would humble him and make him feel her power and take a malicious pleasure in doing it. Now he had spoken and the plans did not even occur to her, for he was no more in her power than he had ever been. In fact, he held the whip hand of the situation so completely that she was as flustered as a girl at her first proposal and she could only blush and stammer."
- Narrator. pg. 832, Narrator explaining Scarlett's reaction to Rhett's proposal.
"Why should you so resent hearing the truth, my pet? You must bring Mammy a present. It would break her heart if you didn't-and hearts like hers are too valuable to be broken."
- Rhett. pg. 851, Rhett on his and Scarlett's honeymoon; he is agreeing with Mammy's comments about him and insisting that Scarlett include Mammy in the presents.