Study Guide

Gone With the Wind Chapter 21

By Margaret Mitchell

Chapter 21

  • The battle is getting closer; Melanie is finally ready to have the baby.
  • Scarlett sends Prissy out to get a doctor, but no doctor is to be found; everybody is tending to the wounded, or generally scattered about.
  • The Yankees are invading the city; slaves are running about panicking. (Quick history break: Enslaved people responded in all sorts of ways to the arrival of Union troops.)
  • Scarlett goes to find Dr. Meade herself, but he's caring for all the wounded, so she figures she'll have to rely on Prissy.
  • But then it turns out that Prissy doesn't know anything about childbirth either—she was just making up stories.
  • Scarlett is understandably upset.