Chapters 31-32 Summary and Analysis
Part IV of the novel begins as Scarlett writes to Pittypat, once again, to explain why Melanie, she, and now Ashley, cannot return to Atlanta. Will enters her office to talk about the taxes which are being raised by the new Reconstructionist government since someone, possibly Mr. Hilton, wants to buy Tara and thinks he can do so at a sheriff’s sale if the new, much higher taxes cannot be paid. Scarlett finds this incomprehensible, so Will explains that Scalawags and Carpetbaggers are really in charge now, along with the garrisoned soldiers and those running the Freedmen’s Bureau, who just happen to be their former overseer, Jonas Wilkerson, and his assistant, Mr. Hilton.
Scarlett looks for...
(The entire section is 833 words.)