Monday, March 29, 2010

'My dear, I don't give a damn.'

'Do you mean to say you don't think I'm a great lady, too?'
'I think we agreed on the occasion of our first meeting that you were no lady at all.'
'Oh, if you are going to be hateful and rude enough to bring that up again! How can you hold that bit of childish temper against me? That was so long ago and I've grown up since then and I'd forget all about it if you weren't always harping and hinting about it.'

'I don't think it was childish temper and I don't believe you've changed. You are just as capable now as then of throwing vases if you don't get your own way. But you usually get your way now. And so there's no necessity for broken bric-a-brac.'
"Oh, you are-----I wish I was a man! I'd call you out and----'
'And get killed for your pains. I can drill a dime at fifty yards. Better stick to your own weapons-----dimples ,vases, and the like.'
'You are just a rascal.'
'Do you expect me to fly into a rage at that? I'm sorry to disappoint you. You can't make me mad by calling me names that are true. Certainly I'm a rascal, and why not? It's a free country and a man may be a rascal if he chooses. It's only hypocrites like you, my dear lady, just as black at heart but trying to hide it, who become enraged when called by their right names.'

This is a small excerpt from the classic 'Gone with the Wind', and one of the many arguments that Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara have. I'm reading this book for the second time but it is slow going as I don't get much time to read. It is one of my favorites and it keeps my chuckling to myself on every page by hilarious fights that these two famous characters have, every time they encounter each other.
I love books that make you think about a quote and then go..."that is so true." This happens to me all the time. You wouldn't think this could be found in a book like 'Gone with the Wind' but you might be surprised.
Anyway if you haven't read this classic I suggest you don't wait any longer!! You'll probably have to push your way through the first few chapters but it is a very entertaining read!