[Quick Summary: Civil War Southern belle is in an uphill struggle for the wrong man, & to save her plantation home, Tara.]
I confess that I wasn't able to finish this 256 page tome in one day.
But the one thing I did notice was that Rhett Butler has got it in spades:
- He has a great introduction. Scarlett sees someone staring at her & she asks a friend, "Who's THAT nasty dark one?" The audience has not seen Rhett yet, but we're intrigued.
- There's very little physical description of Rhett, except we get a flavor for him just by how he stands: "[He] lounges at the foot of the stairs, a mint julep glass in his hand, smiling up at them." His physicality is less important than his attitude.
- He consistently has the best lines: "No...I don't think I will kiss you. Although you need kissing - badly."
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Rhett Butler is written as a strong man who's not afraid to tell a woman he loves her. I don't see him as weak for that admission, but stronger.
I'm glad to see this tough-tender balance b/c characters often lean too much one way or the other.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
by Sidney Howard