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Scarlett : The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind"
Scarlett The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Author:Alexandra Ripley Copyright 1991 Stephens Mitchell Trusts 18505 — Scarlett ran to Rhett and held her arms up to embrace him. "I've missed you so," she said. — Rhett circled her wrists with his hands and lowered her arms to her sides. "Don't, Scarlett" he said. "Nothing's changed." his voice was quiet. — Scarlett was incapable of such restraint. "What do you mean?" s... more »he cried loudly.
Rhett winced. "Don't force me to say it again, Scarlett. You know full well what I mean."
"I don't know. I don't believe you. You can't be leaving me, not really. Not when I love you and need you so awfully. Oh, Rhett, don't just look at me that way. Why don't you put your arms around me and comfort me? you promised Mammy."
Rhett shook his head, a faint smile on his lips. "You are such a child, Scarlett. You've known me all these years, and yet, when you want to, you can forget all you've learned. It was a lie. I lied to make a dear old woman's last moments happy. Remember, my pet, I'm a scoundrel, not a gentleman."
He walked toward the door.
"Don't go, Rhett, please," Scarlett sobbed. Then she put both hands over her mouth to stop herself. She'd never be able to respect herself if she begged him again. She turned her head sharply, unable to bear the sight of him leaving. She saw the triumph in Suellen's eye and the pity in Will's. "He'll be back," she said, holding her head high.
"He always comes back." If I say it often enough, she thought, maybe I'll believe it. Maybe it will be true.