Gone with the Wind - Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 12 Summary

The war continues on, and as the blockades grow, clothes, food, and other items begin to grow more expensive and hard to buy. Despite Rhett's scandalous background, his ability to make it through Yankee blockades and bring in necessities makes him a popular man in Atlanta. Even Mrs. Merriweather relents and welcomes Rhett into her home.

Scarlett enjoys the frequent visits with Rhett, as he brings treats and other pretty things to them. Yet she often feels that Rhett has an underlying disrespect for women, except Melanie. Scarlett sees that Rhett treats Melanie with respect, and Rhett tells her it is because Melanie is the most unselfish and caring women he has ever met, even referring to her as a "great lady."

However, Rhett's popularity will end after a few months when he publicly states his contempt for the Cause and tells the...

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