All of his life, Frank had been under the domination of the phrase ‘What will the neighbours say?’ and he was defenceless against the shocks of his wife’s repeated disregard of the proprieties. He felt that everyone disapproved of Scarlett and was contemptuous of him for permitting her to 'unsex herself’. She did so many things a husband should not permit, according to his views, but if he ordered her to stop them, argued or even criticized, a storm broke on his head.
'My! My!’ he thought helplessly. 'She can get mad quicker and stay mad longer than any woman I ever saw!’