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*Twin Oakes BBQ and Rhett*


Now, let's go back in time to Scarlett's early life and the barbeque at Twin Oakes, the home of the Wilkes'. Scarlett has become more and more defiant.

Her caring, but stern Mammy has this to say to her when Scarlett refuses to eat before attending the gathering. There is a custom in the South where a Southern belle will eat prior to attending a party, so that when she arrives she will only pick at her food and eat like a lady.

Prissy: "Mammy, here's Miss Scarlet's vittles."

Scarlett: "You can take it all back to the kitchen; I won't eat a bite."

Mammy: "Yessam you is, you's gonna eat every mouthful of this."

Scarlett: "NO... I'M... NOT!"

After Scarlett reaffirms her refusal, Mammy replies:" Oh no you ain't! If you don't care what folks says about this family, I does. And I done told you and told you, you can always tell a lady by the way she eats in front of people like a bird. And I ain't aimin' to have you go over to Mista John Wilkes' house and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog."

Scarlett: "Ashley Wilkes says he likes to see a girl with a healthy appetite."

Mammy: "Well I ain't seen Mista Ashley asked for to marry you"

Needless to say, Scarlett sat down and ate.

Much later after the barbeque, when the ladies have their afternoon rest, Scarlett steals her way out of the room and corners Ashley in a sitting room.

Scarlett tells Ashley I love you.

Here she declares her love for him and although he does not say it, it appears he returns her feelings. He tells her that Melanie is just like him and they love the same things, where as he and Scarlett are opposites. He leaves the room and in a temper, Scarlett picks up a vase and hurls it at the fireplace.

Here she meets Rhett Butler for the first time. The handsome, cynical rogue arises from the couch in front of the fireplace, from where he had been resting. This picture is actually when Rhett first saw Scarlett at the barbeque but I think it will do for now. They exchange their opinions of the incident, and Rhett obviously admires her vase throwing expertise.

To this discourse Scarlett exclaims, "Sir, you are no gentleman!"

He replies calmly, "And you Miss, are no lady."


Charles proposes to Scarlett.


In an attempt to make Ashley jealous, Scarlett marries Melanie's brother, Charles. However, he is killed after the Civil War breaks out. Her next conquest is her sister's fiancÚ, Frank Kennedy. When the war was over, he commenced a business and became quite financially sound. She needed money to keep Tara from falling into the hands of debt collectors, and the carpet baggers.

Frank is killed when he and other men, go out to revenge Scarlett's honour after freed slaves had attacked her. Scarlett had been foolish enough to ride through Shantytown in a buggy alone, to inspect her lumber mills.

Throughout all of Scarlett's wilful and manipulative ways, Rhett has become more and more smitten with her. And although he is fully aware of her stubborn, greedy personality, he still falls for her.

He remarks: "I can't go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands."

The spark between these two likewise characters, grows throughout the movie. First attemptA scene where they move closer together and Scarlett closes her eyes, tilting her head back, ends with Rhett's remark:

"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you! You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."

Finally the act occurs much to Rhett's amusement.They kiss!

Scarlett says: "Rhett, don't! I shall faint."

Rhett: "I want you to faint. This is what you were meant for. None of the fools you've ever known have kissed you like this, have they? Your Charles, or your Frank, or your stupid Ashley!"

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