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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 198, April 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03353960

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 198, April 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage.


in Heaven! says [Jesse] Haney, who believes that [James] Parton will let her [Fanny Fern] do it. He makes excuses for her, defends her! There have been frightful scenes between them! Her “headaches,” when she is invisible are either the excuses for or the result of indulgences in her hellish temper. If ever woman were possessed of a devil, that woman is Fanny Fern. Whenever Parton visits the Edwards’, his kind, good relatives, he pays for it afterwards by a row. The woman has tried to cut him off from Haney, his life long friend, who loves him as much as one man can love another, but this raises the blaze of divine wrath at all wrong and meanness which is in the man — so far she may go, but no further. How, at times, she must hate him, herself, everybody, for her inability to grind ever-body to dust with her devilish selfishness! Withal she is as wretched a woman as the sun shines upon. She would give body and soul to be believed in, to be loved, but can bear no true thing to approach her without hating it with the hate of hell or making it a victim. Damn her! To think of Parton being slowly murdered thus! Oh! the wickedest and fellest things that occur on this planet are not those which lift Mrs Grundy’s hour, which make a great outcry and scandal, but the silent, slow crimes in which the victim dies and makes no sign. —— To be a looker-on at such a tragedy, and be unable to help! It would be separating man and wife — man

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-04-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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