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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 162, August 17, 1860

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Identifier: DX02759028

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 162, August 17, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about Mort Brown.



All about It.

been a funny scene, young New York having the tables turned upon him [Mortimer Brown] by this singular, clever girl [Sally Edwards]. She told him he wasn’t a bad-looking fellow, that he “dressed nice,” and it was a pity he shouldn’t know better than to suppose &c., &c! She says the opening of his eyes made him uncomfortable, he knew he had been “made fun of.” When she put in one of her neat little compliments, he replied “Come, now! no more of that!” “He’ll try it on Matty [Edwards], now,” added Sally, “and get on better, — she’ll laugh at everything he says.” I rallied her on Mort Brown’s inevitably concluding that she had set her cap daringly at him, but finding it a dead failure, resorting to the expedient of affecting a joke; and improvised his probable way of narrating it to a friend. “I suppose I oughtn’t to do it, and that it’s very wicked,” said Sally, “but its so amusing.” “You can’t help it!” I answered, with a reference to [William Makepeace] Thackeray’s remarks about little Fanny Huxter, nee Bolton, which I had, one evening before, silently pointed out to her, “you a clever girl finding out how easy it is to snare any man must practice: when you encounter one, be it a [Jesse] Haney or a Mort Brown — anybody — you want to see if you could have him! You did it to me you know and I liked it and inquired mentally what was

coverage:Troy, New York

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-08-17

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fiction


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