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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 183, December 20, 1859

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Identifier: DX03161906

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 183, December 20, 1859

Description: Regarding Jesse Haney and Sally Edwards.

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the elder [Sally Edwards] does a little sarcasm at the other’s [Matty Edwards’] expense. / [Jesse] Haney has been hurt a good deal and suffered from it. The frustration of a long cherished hope, the development of new and not pleasant phases of character, jealousy — for there is and must be something of that — of one so much his inferior [Thomas Nast], the suspicion that the girl is content to whistle him down the wind to take up with one on the lower and meaner grounds of assurance of queening it over him — all these things have been fermenting and seething miserably enough within him. Some of his evidences seemed cruelly pertinent. Sally, after the rejection, asked him what he thought of Nast; in effect whether Thomas would “do.” This betokened lack of feeling, not to say selfishness. On the memorable Fourth of July excursion he, Haney had strayed off alone among the trees and mountains with Sally, he “in an absurd state of happiness” at the propinquity, when she contrived to end it by slipping off and rejoining Nast. That must have been bitter enough. Haney acknowledges his error in playing pedagogue, as I termed it, but with a strong gush of feeling anent the girls power over him, which I could well understand. He should have trusted to teaching her to love him after avowal; women make infinite progress in affection then, when they recognize love and intellect in their teacher. My judgment of Sally is that she will become a rather sharp-tem-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-12-20

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women
Courtship
Fourth of July

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