|Subject:||[Dotgnu-libs-commits] snobbery their|
|Date:||Mon, 28 Aug 2006 14:50:33 +0900|
Scarlett was glad to be done with passion andmarriage.
Think now how twould hurt her and her so gentle. There had already been minor scandals about those holdinggovernment contracts.
She put the letters back in the lap secretary andclosed the lid. Outside of the army heroes, he was the most talked-about man inAtlanta. But you have asked me what was in my heart, and the fear of defeatis there. If Id just understood this one thing about him years ago, Iknow hed have married me.
In her mind and heart, she was Scarlett OHaraagain, the belle of the County.
She flipped back the edges of the letters, looking at the dates,remembering their contents.
Everyone, soldiers, civilians, women, children andnegroes, began to wear homespun.
Now it was painfulto have to choke back words for fear of his amused grin.
Outside of the army heroes, he was the most talked-about man inAtlanta. She hadhad to listen to enough of them when he sat on the porch at Tarain days gone by. Thepain of moving his eyes was too excruciating to be borne and hegroaned.
To their horror, mothers found their daughtersholding hands with these men.
He was a dashing figure and one that people turned to look at. And twas to buy things fromthe blockaders for Mrs. It puzzled herfor, if he was not afraid of wounds and death, what was it hefeared?
Think now how twould hurt her and her so gentle.
But now, even the moststrait laced felt that patriotism called upon them to be morebroad minded. She, too, felt that hehad no respect for any woman, unless perhaps for Melanie. On the top was the letter which had come that morning andthis one she opened.
Unanalytical, she struggled with the complex thought. Hoops inParis were wider this season and skirts were shorter.
She unlocked the door and went down the dim winding stair with alight heart. But that only served to make him more mysterious andmore exciting. Why, even Charlie wrote better letters than these.
If Id just understood this one thing about him years ago, Iknow hed have married me. But Icall that arrogance matchless courage.
But I do not think they thinkthese things and they are lucky.
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