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Gone with the Wind

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Gone with the Wind
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Book Information
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Genre: Romance
First appearance: "Thursdays with Abie"

Gone with the Wind is a book by Margaret Mitchell that Grampa gave to Clark Gable, who later starred in a a film adaptation as Rhett Butler. Scarlett O'Hara also appears in the book.


When Grampa was young he worked as a shoe-shine boy at Springfield Union Station. One day Clark Gable was his customer, having got off the Tinseltown Starliner to, as all the celebrities did, stretch their legs on the way to Hollywood. During their conversation, Gable noticed Abe had a book nearby and asked him what he was reading. Abe revealed it was Gone with the Wind, and gave Gable his copy of the book, pointing out it only had one ("not a very good") swear word in.

Having finished his shoe-shine, Gable gets up and starts reading, saying "garbage, garbage, my line" twice and then noting "the burns, nice dresses" before saying he liked it and jumping back onto the Tinseltown Starliner, thanking Abe and telling him not to tell the story for sixty years as the train pulls out.

Many years later, Abe told the story to Marshall Goldman, who put it in the Springfield Shopper. Lisa read the article, which had Abe noting that Gable owed him a book and never paid for the shoe-shine, but his "big blue eyes" could melt your "lunch butter".

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