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Gone With the Wind Chapter 23

By Margaret Mitchell

Chapter 23

  • Prissy comes back and says she's found Rhett.
  • He shows up, but tells her there's nowhere in particular to go; the Yankees have the city surrounded.
  • She says she wants to go home, and he tells her it won't work.
  • But she insists and he goes along with it, though we're not sure why.
  • Anyway, he finds a broken-down horse and they get Melanie in the wagon and off they go toward Tara.
  • Rhett gets them on the road, hurrying past soldiers and fire, but then he tells Scarlett he is leaving her so he can join the army. He has acquired patriotism at the last moment.
  • He tells her he loves her, too, but since this is the last moment, she can't do anything about it.
  • Anyway, he kisses her and she kisses him back, then remembers he's abandoning her and tells him he stinks and she hopes he dies.
  • He is amused. And she's got to deal with getting to Tara.