Over the weekend, I worked on a creative non-fiction essay. I wanted to write a series of personal experiences, each headlined with a Scarlett O’Hara quote from the film Gone with the Wind. The intention was to show how Scarlett O’Hara’s audacious character is really a role model for me and, I think, for many women. I created an extensive list of Scarlett quotes, delivered perfectly in Vivien Leigh’s incomparable on-screen performance. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into the flow of telling my anecdotes while working in the quotes, so I had to botch the idea.
The list remains, and reminds me why Scarlett O’Hara is my absolute favorite character of all time. Even if you’re not a fan of the lengthy film, there are so many memorable moments that the movie itself can’t be denied as one of the greatest of all time. Here is a selection from the list of quotes I pulled:
“Fiddle-dee-dee! War, war, war; this war talk’s spoiling all the fun at every party this spring. I get so bored I could scream!”
“Why does a girl have to be so silly to catch a husband?”
“I never heard of such bad taste.”
“If I said I was madly in love with you, you’d know I was lying.”
“I can shoot straight, if I don’t have to shoot too far.”
“Great balls of fire! Don’t bother me anymore and don’t call me Sugar.”
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
She is indeed a legendary character and my heroine. Coincidentally, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog called “I’ll Think About That Tomorrow.” 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Laurie. All of us ladies have an inner Scarlett! Your post was very touching; it’s easy to see your mother was a wonderful woman.