Widowhood had crowded closely on the heels of marriage but, to her dismay, motherhood soon followed.
Occasionally when the slight breeze veered, puffs of smoke from the long barbecue pits floated over the crowd and were greeted with squeals of mock dismay from the ladies and violent flappings of palmetto fans.
As they walked along the narrow sidewalk toward Peachtree, Scarlett was dismayed and sorrowful, for Atlanta looked so devastated and different from what she remembered.
For a moment she stared at him bewildered, dropping her skirts in dismay.
"Oh, surely not everything!" cried the girls in dismay.
Confusion and dismay filled her when she saw Rhett alight from his horse and toss the reins over the arm of the cast-iron negro boy who stood at the sidewalk.