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Gone With The Wind, Part 1

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This is my first fiction read along and I’m glad I found this event at Fanda Classiclit blog (thank you for hosting this, mbak Fanda!).  Gone With The Wind is famous, famous for what I honestly didn’t know haha. I have never tried to find the movie or the book or even the synopsis of the story. I guess it’s time to find out why and good thing there’s this reading along because this novel is 993 pages long (e-book version from Green Light publisher, only 0.99 USD at Kobo! xD)

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A lot of them. Because I just want to note my impression of the first 7 chapters of the novel. Check out fellow readers’ updates here. :D

 

Scarlett Oh Scarlett

I think Scarlett O’Hara, the heroine of this book,  is like Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory in a way that they both are fun to observe from distance but probably despicable as a real life friend.

I love her tenacity, her full of hope. When Scarlett learned that Ashley Wilkes was going to marry his cousin (it’s a custom in their family!) she only gave her heart to grieve for a moment before she chinned up and got high from her plan to steal Ashley for herself. Scarlett fell in love with Ashley without big reasons. She simply loved him one day and since that day she’d been charming to every man as usual but her heart secretly belonged to Ashley Wilkes.

When halfway the plan didn’t go according to her wishes, Scarlett seemed to be able to quickly comfort herself with new hope and reassuring thought. She believed Ashley loved her.

If I were one of the young girls in Clayton County and knew what Scarlett was up to, I’d condemned her because of her over confidence.   But I myself prefer drowning in hope than in sorrow. I too, like Scarlett, want to see what else I can do, what step I can take to make it mine, mine, mine, all mine~

So I root for Scarlett and got my heart scattered when the final whistle blew. Ashley rejected her feeling. He was being gentle and all but no is still a no. The world ended.

Young Misses And How They Should Behave

The story took place in different era when there was a rather loud demand on how girls should behave. This exchange happened between Scarlett and Mammy, her maid, one morning before the barbeque party in the Wilkes’ house, Twelve Oaks. Mammy insisted that Scarlett eats before going to the party and Scarlett refused to do so. I’ll just cut the text here and there.

It’s no use. I won’t eat it. You can just take it back to the kitchen.

Yasm, you is! You is gwine eat eve’y bite of dis.

I am not!

Now, Miss Scarlett, you be good an’ come eat jes’a lil.

But I won’t! I’m not forgetting the time I ate a whole tray and went to the Calverts’ and they had ice cream out of ice theyd brought all the way from Savannah, and I couldn’t eat but a spoonful. I’m going to have a good time today and eat as much as I please.

Ah has tole you an’ tole you dat you kin allus tell a lady by dat she eat lak a bird. An’ Ah ain’ aimin ter have you go ter Mist’ Wilkes’ an’ eat lak a fe’el han’ an’ gobble lak a hawg.

Mother is a lady and she eats.

W’en you is mahied, you kin eat, too. Young misses whut eats heavy mos’ gener’ly doan never ketch husbands.

I don’t believe it. Ashely Wilkes told me he LIKED to see a girl with a healthy appetite.

Whut gempmums says an’ whut dey thinks is two diffunt things. An’ Ah ain’ noticed Mist’ Ashley axing fer ter mahy you.

Why is it a girl has to be so silly to catch a husband?

Mother Ellen

A wife to Gerald O’Hara and a mother and a saint to Scatlett O’Hara. Scarlet was more of Gerald than Ellen. Ellen is a lady and Scarlett adores her. The O’Hara had a custom to pray together to close a day. The prayer was led by Ellen and when they did the rosary, Scarlett imagined her dear own mother instead of Mother Mary.

Ellen O’Hara might not be as active as her daughter but she’s one strong woman, perhaps even stronger than Scarlett. As fate would have it, Scarlett O’Hara and Ellen Robillard shared similar reason for marriage. They both got their heart broken and then immediately  married man that they didn’t initially love, they both got married to revenge.

What made me said that Ellen was probably stronger was her reticence. Scarlett kept it for herself too but she became a person that didn’t care for anything else, not even her child. Scarlett pulled herself out of life after marriage (at least until chapter 7). Ellen, on the other hand, ran a house and plantation, supervised the slaves, tended her family needs, and still acted like a lady! Ellen O’Hara is a superwoman.

Next Part On Gone With The Wind

What will make Scarlett snap back into life? Will we see Rhett Butler, the despised man who overheard Scarlett confessing to Ashley? What is his role in this story? Will Ashley be back safely from war? Unto part 2!

Written by Elfira Y S

September 15th, 2012 at 11:14 am

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  1. Agree on Ellen, she’s a tough woman, no wonder Scarlett always feels secure when she was near her.

    It’s good that you highlighted that Mammy-Scarlett’s dialog. It reflects the social culture perfectly. It’s tough to be born as a female at that era, eh?

    Do hurry to continue to part 2, the story will get more exciting!

    Fanda

    15 Sep 12 at 9:32 pm

  2. Yes! I feel grateful I’m where I am haha.. If we’re born at their time, we should be Wilkes as we are into books! Their house has library, hmm.. Copy that, I see you have finished with part 2 and made the update post. So fast!

    Elfira Y S

    16 Sep 12 at 5:20 am

  3. You know, you are the first person of all the read-alongers to root for Scarlett. But I guess you have a point. Also, after reading part 2, I think that more women should be upfront and daring, ready to burst out of their terribly tight corsets (and seriously, what’s up with those silly strategies to catch a husband??). I hadn’t looked at Ellen Robillard in that light. She is indeed a very strong woman, it is rather tragic that she is more of a saint than a flesh-and-blood mother to Scarlett.

    I hope you’ll like part 2, more action is to follow!

    Chinoiseries

    15 Sep 12 at 11:15 pm

  4. Ahaha it’s easier to root for fictional character than real life person. I’d probably smack Scarlett in real life haha. Ah, you’re right. I was wondering why a girl like Scarlett could be so submissive in front of her mother. Now I guess it’s related to her adoration. Hope so, happy reading to you!

    Elfira Y S

    16 Sep 12 at 6:03 am

  5. I like your different point of view for seeing Scarlett. It seems you did enjoy the reading from the beginning, good thing :) Can’t wait to read your opinions about part 2.

    BZee

    19 Sep 12 at 6:02 am

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