The noise cracked like a whip in the still room and suddenly her rage was gone, and there was desolation in her heart.
He felt aggrieved, moreover, that Scarlett should still look desolate after being offered the best of the County boys and Tara, too.
The door closed behind them, leaving Scarlett open mouthed and suddenly desolate.
A pagan hearing the lapping of the waters around Charon’s boat could not have felt more desolate.
But for the most part the sunny valley was abandoned and desolate and the untended crops stood in parching fields.
Must they also leave women and children and helpless negroes to starve in a country which they had desolated?
Soon it would be night and they would be alone in this desolation that was death.
This desolation went to her heart as nothing she had ever experienced.
Cold wind and rain, mud and bare trees, silence and desolation.
Melanie did not know there was no home and that they were alone in a mad and desolate world.
While his low resonant voice went on, desolate, with a feeling she could not understand, Scarlett clutched at words here and there, trying to make sense of them.
Through the window, in the faint light of the rising moon, Tara stretched before her, negroes gone, acres desolate, barns ruined, like a body bleeding under her eyes, like her own body, slowly bleeding.
To Scarlett, the stillness at Tara was unbearable, for it reminded her too sharply of the deathlike stillness of the desolate country through which she had passed that long day on her way home from Atlanta.
But the small cloud which appeared in the northwest four months ago had blown up into a mighty storm and then into a screaming tornado, sweeping away her world, whirling her out of her sheltered life, and dropping her down in the midst of this still, haunted desolation.
Rhett had left town the hour before with Bonnie and Prissy, and desolation was added to Scarlett’s shame and anger.
She was back at Tara again and Tara was desolate.
But since the day she had lain sick and desolate in the garden at Twelve Oaks and said: "I won’t look back," she had set her face against the past.
She should be desolate, broken hearted, ready to scream at fate.
She spoke of the wild darkness of the night, the blazing camp fires which might be friends or foes, the gaunt chimneys which met her gaze in the morning sun, the dead men and horses along the road, the hunger, the desolation, the fear that Tara had been burned.
She half-grasped what was in Rhett’s mind as he said farewell to the only person in the world he respected and she was desolate again with a terrible sense of loss that was no longer personal.
Suddenly she was standing at Tara again with the world about her ears, desolate with the knowledge that she could not face life without the terrible strength of the weak, the gentle, the tender hearted.
He knows the truth and it’s killing him," she thought desolately.