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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 157, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03327808

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 157, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding Fanny Fern's behavior towards Louisa Jacobs, the daughter of Harriet Jacobs.


averse to Fanny Fern. Pretty recently I have learnt the particulars — some of them — of Louisa Jacobs quitting the family. There's been a world of lying about it. It was feared that she might offer a counter attraction to Grace [Eldredge]! Fanny behaved to the girl with that infernal tyranny which only women can practice towards one another. Sometimes Louisa coming down to breakfast and catching [James] Parton or Grace's eye first would bid them good morning before Fann offering the same salutation to Fanny, when the woman would blaze into rage as, at a premeditated insult; remind her of her position &c. Altogether the girl was humiliated, insulted; the house made a hell for her. After her departure — or expulsion, — [Jesse] Haney met her in Broadway, when she seemed surprised that he should speak to her, and affected by it. Where she is now, Heaven knows. Grace talked of a promise of correspondence but nothing came of it. Possibly the old serpent interfered. (There'll be antagonism between mother and daughter some day — hot and sharp, too!) Now from Fanny's own account, she is under deep obligations to Louisa Jacobs mother [Harriet Jacobs]; the poor colored woman stuck by her through all her much talked of pecuniary distresses. But what does she care when Self comes in, what becomes of the girl! I swear I'd never set foot in the house any more, but for Parton!

Charlotte Bronte and "Fanny Fern"! the highest and lowest of literary womanhood! Why do people

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Women authors


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