Chapters 11-13 Summary and Analysis
A tired Scarlett returns from the hospital and secretly reads Melanie’s letters from Ashley. She is accustomed to doing so although she occasionally reminds herself that Ellen would not approve. She loses interest when she realizes Ashley is writing of possible defeat in the war. Scarlett is still convinced he loves her, but doesn’t know why she cannot understand him—his way of thinking or his actions.
Despite the deprivations of wartime and still wearing black clothes, Scarlett is happy to be out of mourning. The informality of wartime also greatly relaxes the rigid societal code of behavior; not only is Scarlett done with her formal mourning before the proscribed time, but she behaves as a...
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