A few years ago, my husband detoured off of I-75 during a road trip to Florida and surprised me with a side trip to my own personal mecca: the Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro, Georgia. Gone With the Wind is my all-time favorite movie and I nearly salivated as we walked in and I saw display cases full of dresses the characters wore in the movie. NIRVANA!
I have seen the movie so many times that I can quote most of it. So here I’ll share some of the classic dresses and lines quoted by the characters wearing them.
“Fiddle dee dee. War, war, war. This war talk is spoiling the fun at every party this spring.”
or my favorite:
“Oh, dear! My stays are so tight, I’ll never get through the day without belching!”
When Scarlett tells her husband that she doesn’t want any more children, Rhett runs to Belle’s saloon where she tells him to return home:
[about Scarlett] “…you’re poisoned with her. I don’t care what she’s done to you. You’re still in love with her…”
(Scarlett jerks down the portiere curtains, pole and all; drapes the material over her shoulder; turns back to Mammy)
“I’m going to Atlanta for that three hundred dollars, and I’ve got to go looking like a queen.”
Or we could go with Carol Burnett’s spoof “Went with the Wind,” in which she makes a dress out of curtains and wears the curtain rod across her shoulders as part of the dress. She says:
“I saw it in the window, and I just couldn’t resist it.”
Crazy old Carol! 🙂
Rhett props Bonnie on her own little pony and says she’ll be “the greatest horsewoman in the South.” He also declares that he is going to spoil Bonnie by buying her a blue velvet riding habit.
“I want to jump,” she says.
Rhett should have stopped her. 😦
Rhett tells Scarlett:
“Miss Melly’s a fool, but not the kind you think. It’s just that there’s too much honor in her to ever conceive of dishonor in anyone she loves. And she loves you – though just why she does, I’m sure I don’t know.”
The dresses in the museum are reproductions, but I don’t care. It was my chance to stand in front of the displays and imagine that these characters were standing before me. Okay, okay…actually I was imaginging wearing the dresses myself. A girl can dream, can’t she?
Are you a Gone With The Wind fan?