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Gone with the Wind
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  • Vicksburg had fallen, fallen after a long and bitter siege,
  • I’ve heard about sieges!
  • And as for why I stay here—well, I’ve read a good deal about sieges, beleaguered cities and the like, but I’ve never seen one.
  • The truth was that the North was holding the South in a virtual state of siege, though many did not realize it.
  • And as for the entrenchments, well, fortifications are supposed to be of some value in case of a siege.
  • And when Cromwell took the town all the women were— A siege!
  • And perhaps, I’m staying here to rescue you when the siege does come.
  • I believe you’re lying about a siege.
  • The siege went on through the hot days of July, thundering days following nights of sullen, ominous stillness, and the town began to adjust itself.
  • They had feared a siege and now they had a siege and, after all, it wasn’t so bad.
  • They had feared a siege and now they had a siege and, after all, it wasn’t so bad.
  • Mrs. O’Hara was very glad now that Scarlett and Wade had not come home when the siege began.
  • And yet, it was only thirty days since the siege began.
  • Oh, if she had only gone home at the beginning of the siege, Melanie or no Melanie!
  • If she had only gone home at the beginning of the siege, when everyone else was refugeeing!
  • Atlanta was under siege.
  • Name of God, a siege!
  • Thirty days of siege!
  • Short of paper, short of ink, short of men, the newspapers had suspended publication after the siege began, and the wildest rumors appeared from nowhere and swept through the town.
  • A siege!
  • What siege?
  • In response to Ellen’s letters, pleading with her to come home, she wrote minimizing the dangers of the siege, explaining Melanie’s predicament and promising to come as soon as the baby was born.
  • A siege!
  • The siege at Drogheda when Cromwell had the Irish, and they didn’t have anything to eat and Pa said they starved and died in the streets and finally they ate all the cats and rats and even things like cockroaches.
  • To Scarlett, mad to hear from Tara, yet trying to keep up a brave face, it seemed an eternity since the siege began, seemed as though she had always lived with the sound of cannon in her ears until this sinister quiet had fallen.
  • It was a hideous place like a plaguestricken city so quiet, so dreadfully quiet after the din of the siege.
  • Until the thunders of the siege began, he had never known anything but a happy, placid, quiet life.
  • I had a quarrel with him during the siege, after you went to Macon.
  • You remember that night on Aunt Pitty’s porch, during the siege?
  • As she climbed the stairs, the faint rumbling of thunder began and, standing on the well-remembered landing, she thought how like the siege cannon it sounded.
  • CHAPTER XIX In those first days of the siege, when the Yankees crashed here and there against the defenses of the city, Scarlett was so frightened by the bursting shells she could only cower helplessly, her hands over her ears, expecting every moment to be blown into eternity.
  • Scarlett began haltingly with the siege and Melanie’s condition, but as her story progressed beneath the sharp old eyes which never faltered in their gaze, she found words, words of power and horror.
  • She had not been sustained through privations, the sickening duties of nursing, the fears of the siege and the hunger of the last few months by the fanatic glow which made all these things endurable to others, if only the Cause prospered.
  • Squares on the faded paper on the wall gave evidence that once the portraits had hung there, and wide cracks in the plaster recalled the day during the siege when a shell had exploded on the house and torn off parts of the roof and second floor.
  • Big Sam, the foreman of Tara whom she had seen last in the days of the siege.
  • Have you been living in Atlanta ever since the siege?
  • She stayed with me through the whole siege when she could have gone home, when even Aunt Pitty had run away to Macon.
  • It was the thought of Sherman’s thousands so close to Tara that brought it all home to her, brought the full horror of the war to her as no sound of siege guns shattering windowpanes, no privations of food and clothing and no endless rows of dying men had done.
  • But even this relief did not free Scarlett from the state of dread which began when Tony came knocking at their door, a dread which was worse than the quaking fear of the siege shells, worse even than the terror of Sherman’s men during the last days of the war.
  • To Scarlett, that uniform and those gold buttons would always mean the fears of the siege, the terror of flight, the looting and burning, the desperate poverty and the grinding work at Tara.
  • The house had originally been two stories high but the upper floor had been destroyed by shells during the siege and the owner, returning after the surrender, had lacked the money to replace it.
  • This muddy street down which she had driven a thousand times during the war, along which she had fled with ducked head and fear-quickened legs when shells burst over her during the siege, this street she had last seen in the heat and hurry and anguish of the day of the retreat, was so strange looking she felt like crying.
  • She recalled the hot night in Atlanta, close to the end of the siege, when he sat on Aunt Pitty’s porch half hidden in the summer darkness, and she felt again the heat of his hand upon her arm as he said: "I want you more than I have ever wanted any woman—and I’ve waited longer for you than I’ve ever waited for any woman."
  • Scarlett remembered the hot day before the siege began when she and Rhett had sat in the carriage and the gang of negroes with Big Sam at their head had marched down the dusty street toward the entrenchments singing "Go Down, Moses."
  • The doctor says that if they do hang him it will be the first good honest job the Yankees ever did, but then, I don’t know…… And to think that Captain Butler was here just a week ago and brought me the loveliest quail you ever saw for a present and he was asking about you and saying he feared he had offended you during the siege and you would never forgive him.
  • Again she felt the wild terror of those days, heard the siege guns, saw the line of wagons dripping blood into the red roads, saw the Home Guard marching off, the little cadets and the children like Phil Meade and the old men like Uncle Henry and Grandpa Merriwether.
  • Now she was indeed confused and embarrassed, for she remembered the night on this very porch during the siege when he had said: "I am not a marrying man" and casually suggested that she become his mistress—remembered, too, the terrible day when he was in jail and was shamed by the memory.
  • "And as for the exotic viands the Irish ate at the siege— personally I’d as soon eat a nice juicy rat as some of the victuals they’ve been serving me recently at the hotel.

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  • The Siege of Leningrad lasted 872 days.
  • The company feels under siege.

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