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Gone with thw wind

Author Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind an American novel by Margaret Mitchell, was published in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937. It was the only book that Mitchell published in her lifetime, but it became one of the best-selling American novels of the 20th century, surpassed only by Valley of the Dolls in the late 1960s. The title is taken from the first line of the third stanza of the poem Non sum qualís eram bonae sub regno Cynarae by Ernest Dowson: "I have forgot much, Cynara! Gone with the wind." The title phrase also appears in the novel: When Scarlet of French-Irish ancestry escapes the bombardment of Atlanta by Northern forces, she flees back to her family's plantation, Tara. At one point, she wonders, "Was Tara still standing? Or was Tara also gone with the wind which had swept through Georgia?"

Part One
Chapters I to VII

Amidst the chatter, the pair tell Scarlett that Ashley Wilkes, the man Scarlett secretly loves, and his cousin Melanie Hamilton, a plain and gentle lady from Atlanta, are to be married.

Part Two
Chapter VIII-XVI

Melanie, whom Scarlett secretly despises for having married Ashley, and for what she sees as her weak, compliant nature, treats Scarlett like a sister and is blind to Scarlett's contempt and jealousy. Melanie, misconstruing Scarlett's motives, places her (dearly cherished) ring in the basket as well. Rhett Butler slyly observes the scene, just as he senses Scarlett's agitation at not dancing. (Scarlett notes that he didn't return hers as well). Scarlett sobs that she loves him, and only married Charles to hurt him.

Part Three
Chapters XVII to XXX

Atlanta is bombarded constantly. Melanie helps to nurse the injured in overflowing hospitals, and Scarlett reluctantly joins her. After Melanie gives birth, Scarlett sends her maid, a dimwitted slave named Prissy, for Rhett Butler to come and take them out of Atlanta. Arriving home at Tara, Scarlett finds the house in ruins, the food gone, the crops burned, most of the slaves run off, her mother dead, her father with dementia, and her two sisters sick with typhoid. A lone Yankee soldier arrives looking to pillage and possibly rape, and Scarlett shoots him. The family flees to the swamps with all the food and animals they can, while Scarlett stays in the house with Beau, Melanie's baby, and her own son Wade. Eventually the flames die but Scarlett faints after Melanie hits her across the back to stop the flames from spreading to her dress. Melanie insists they help the friendly Yankee soldiers, in hopes that Yankee wives are helping her own husband home. Sullen and confused, Scarlett hangs back, but is nonetheless euphoric over Ashley's return.

Part Four
Chapters XXXI to XLVII
Part Five
Chapters XLVIII to LXIII

Scarlett marries Rhett Butler and goes to New Orleans for her honeymoon. Scarlett builds a mansion and spends money lavishly. One day at the mill, Ashley tells Scarlett that he is jealous of Rhett. Scarlett goes with dread. All of Atlanta chooses sides between India and Scarlett, but Melanie fiercely supports Scarlett and rejects India, her husband's sister.

After recovering at Tara, Scarlett is tricked by Rhett into selling the sawmills to Ashley. Scarlett marries Rhett Butler and goes to New Orleans for her honeymoon. Scarlett goes with dread. Scarlett goes with dread. Scarlett goes with dread. Scarlett goes with dread. Scarlett goes with dread.
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Compiled by: Muhammad Shafaq Hussain


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