IMHO, Scarlett O'Hara
is the worst example
of a southern belle
ever depicted in fiction. She shared her opinion in public, (not typical), married out of her class (VERY untypical) and generally acted in a way that would have embarrassed all of her direct family. A true southern belle was her cousin, Melanie, who married Ashley Wilkes
, the true Southern gentleman
Stella, and the other women in the various Tennessee Williams plays (Streetcar named Desire, Cat on a Hot tin roof,etc) are much more representative of the species.
"I have always relied on the kindness of strangers"
thanks for the info. Lometa.