This is part three of my review. Click here for part two.
My Rating: N/A
This portion of the book sees Scarlett return to Tara and the reality of her new life and her new role as head of the family takes its toll on her.
Whilst my indifference towards Scarlett only increased slightly during these chapters, my respect for her grew significantly. The way she really stood up when she was needed was really unexpected especially considering how sheltered and pampered her upbringing was.
There was a scene where a Yankee broke into Tara and was stealing some of Scarlett's mother Ellen's possessions and Scarlett very calmly killed him. I think this really showed how much Scarlett has had to grow up because of the war.
Melly or Melanie is a character that I am not sure how I feel about. I find her really weak and her need to please everybody gets annoying but she may just seem that way in contrast to Scarlett who is the most selfish person ever.
The end of this portion of the book deals with the war ending and the amazing return of Ashley whom no one had expected to survive.
Scarlett undoes all her newfound maturity by confronting Ashley again. Scarlett's obsession with him is the most annoying thing about her as she is so unable to see the truth.
Another thing that bothers me a lot about Scarlett is the way she treats and interacts with her son Wade. There are long periods in this book where I forget she even has a son - and probably Scarlett forgets this fact too.
Scarlett's sisters are also very annoying. They remind me of how Scarlett was at the beginning of the book.