Scarlett gives Gerald's watch to Pork who is groveling and grateful.
(An aside: Racism works in two major ways in this book. There is out-and-out hatred of black people who are supposed to be the bad guys, and then there is condescension toward the black people who are supposed to be faithful and loyal.)
Scarlett appeals to Ashley to help her with the mill, but he doesn't want to because he knows she's taking pity on him and that he'll be terrible at running a mill.
Also, he's worried they might kiss again or some such.
Scarlett gets Melanie to take her part by pretending she needs Ashley's help, though.
Ashley can't handle the two of them and he loses. Losing is kind of Ashley's thing.
Suellen and Will marry; Melanie and Ashley get a house in Atlanta, and Ashley's sister India comes to live with him.
Melanie becomes a center of social activity because she's so awesome and sweet and suffused with a deep gentleness.
Scarlett is eager to get the baby born and done with so she can maybe spend time with Ashley and take care of her mills.
She decides to hire Johnnie Gallagher to run her mill. He's an unpleasant and brutal man.
Scarlett's going to get convict laborers rather than free black people because you can treat them worse, supposedly.
Frank is horrified and he wants to forbid her to do it.
For her part, Scarlett is determined not to have another baby ever.