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"Damn our money! all our money can't buy what I want for her. I'd rather Bonnie was invited to eat dry bread in the Picards' miserable house or Mrs. Elsing's rickety barn than to be the belle of a Republican inaugural ball. Scarlett, you've been a fool. You should have insured a place for your children in the social scheme years ago-but you didn't You didn't even bother to keep what position you had. And it's too much to hope that you'll mend your ways at this late date. You're too anxious to make money and too fond of bullying people."
- Rhett. pg. 903, Rhett realizing the lifestyle they have chosen will cause harm to their children, especially Bonnie.
"Oh, yes, you've been faithful to me because Ashley wouldn't have you. but, hell, I wouldn't have grudged him your body. I know how little bodies mean-especially women's bodies. But I do grudge him your heart and your dear, hard unscrupulous, stubborn mind. He doesn't want your mind, the fool, and I don't want your body. I can buy women cheap. But I do want your mind and your heart, and I'll never have them, any more than you'll ever have Ashley's mind. And that's why I'm sorry for you."
- Rhett. pg. 938, Rhett berating Scarlett
in the evening after Ashley's birthday
"He never really existed at all, except in my imagination," she thought wearily. "I loved something I made up, something that's just as dead as Melly is. I made a pretty suit of clothes and fell in love with it. And when Ashley came riding along, so handsome, so different, I put that suit on him and made him wear it whether it fitted him or not. And I wouldn't see what he really was. I kept on loving the pretty clothes-and not him at all."
- Scarlett. pg. 1016, Scarlett realizing that she is not in love with Ashley after all.
"I'll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of someway to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."
- Scarlett to herself. pg. 1037, One of the most famous quotes of the novel. Scarlett turning to her usual solution for coping with the fact that Rhett is leaving her.
Edition used: Macmillan, 1937 Hardcover.