Day 17: 42, 43, 44
The South is slowly rebuilding. A new beginning, so to speak, and with this comes baby Ella, who is a little disappointing to Scarlett. She lacked the charm that her mother has, but maybe that’s a good thing.
Scarlett’s set of business ethics is bordering on ruthlessness. I don’t have any qualms on leasing convicts because I think some convicts deserve a chance at getting back, like Archie. But leasing convicts should be as humane as possible. They should be fed properly. They should not be exploited. But that is not the case in Scarlett’s sawmills.
Sooner or later, she’ll get into trouble for this one. And she does, but not because of that. She was attacked on the road. Had it not been for Big Sam, she would have been, uhm, ravished?
Day 18: 45, 46, 47
Scarlett’s ambush causes a great commotion among the Confederates, now the Ku Klux Klan. They may have nothing in common with Scarlett, but she being a Southern woman, the men have a need to avenge her disgrace. Which is not so disgraceful because she already did a lot of things that can only make one wonder how she can still manage to face people.
The long and the short of it is that yes, the problem is taken care of, Scarlett’s attackers are punished, but not without losses because of the Yankee intervention. Ashley is shot but alive, Frank is shot too but didn’t survive. Rhett comes up a plan to cover for the men. The plan works, thanks to the complicity of Belle Watling, the “bad” woman, and Rhett’s relationship with the Yankee officers.
The Atlanta men and women are now forever indebted to Rhett for helping them, and their wrath for Scarlett is now incalculable. And what a way to end Part IV: Rhett and Scarlett get married! Finally! But this is not a marriage spun with Scarlett’s true love. I am starting to believe though that Rhett truly loves Scarlett.
And Scarlett, when will you ever learn to love?
Day 19: 48, 49, 50, 51
So many things going on! After the marriage, you can only expect a honeymoon. The not so new couple spent theirs at New Orléans, an even wilder city than Atlanta. And speaking of the latter, is something waiting for Scarlett once she returns to it?
Only her sawmills, because Atlanta people are still angry at Scarlett for the problems that she caused. But instead of people uniting against her, they are taking sides because Melanie defends her loyally. Anyone who goes against Scarlett also goes against Melanie.
Which is quite a problem because Melanie is the nucleus of the Atlanta society. What a powerful woman for someone who is so frail.
And yes, we all know Scarlett’s hatred for babies, but one should see this coming. Come to think of it, Scarlett’s children have no impact in the novel’s twists and turns. They are just mere designs, mostly because Scarlett was never really a mother to them.
Instead of taking care of the kids, she busies herself with earning more money and showing it to the poor Atlanta people’s face. She now owns the grandest mansion in town, one that is barely a home.
And will there be a loving family in such a mansion if Scarlett continues to nurse her feelings for Ashley and Rhett seeks female companionship out of jealousy? Can we really point our fingers to either one of them?
Day 20: 52, 53, 54
Rhett is changing his ways and doing his best to win the hearts of the Atlanta people, all because of his daughter Bonnie. Sweet, and it is paying off. People are starting to adore Rhett for his fathering ways. But Scarlett is a different story.
And speaking of Scarlett, she gets caught with a quite intimate talk with Ashley. Which is funny because this is the time she realized that she does not really love Ashley as a man. But it’s too late. She has to face people who are most likely talking about her infidelity at her back, and the worst of all is facing Melanie.
But Melanie dismisses all the talk about Ashley and Scarlett, even going as far as waging an open war against India, the embittered sister of Ashley who caught him and Scarlett, just to defend her so-called friend. And of course, Rhett’s ears did not escape the scandal of the season. He rages at Scarlett, who is helpless with her defenses.
And they spend the night making the most passionate love ever. I think.
Note: Original notes are originally posted at GoodReads – The Filipino Group. Atty. Monique is almost done with this. Let’s cheer for her at this blog: Bookish Little Me.