Book written by author Margaret Mitchell, and movie based on the book without most of the character development. Both feature Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler as the main characters. Often categorized as a chick flick because it focuses on a romance, but also an interesting look at the American Civil War from the point of view of the South and how women were treated in the 19th century.

The working title of the book was "Mules In Horse Harness," from Mammy's description of Scarlett (whom Mitchell had originally named "Pansy") and Rhett. The current title was most immediately drawn from something Ashley Wilkes says about the fate of the way of life he grew up with. Of course, Ashley is depicted as a well-read man who certainly could have picked up the phrase elsewhere.