As always when she heard the truth spoken, no matter how unpalatable it was, basic honesty forced her to acknowledge it as truth.
Sometimes it was hard to smile when people said: "How Captain Butler idolizes that child!" But, if she did not smile, people would think it strange and Scarlett hated to acknowledge, even to herself, that she was jealous of a little girl, especially when that little girl was her favorite child.
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She acknowledged that she might have forgotten.
It is important to acknowledge the work of others in one’s own writing.