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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 220, May 2-3, 1859

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Identifier: DX03371999

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 220, May 2-3, 1859

Description: Describes Fanny Fern's personality and habits.


other liberties. She [Fanny Fern] will plump herself down upon you, as upon her husband [James Parton], in his presence. She will make suggestions bidding you put your arm round her as you sit beside her on the sofa. She, when [Jesse] Haney used to stay in the house during Jim’s absences out of town, would make Louisa Jacobs blush by breakfast suggestions as to her going to his room or similar atrocities. She will call attention to her feet, to other portions and the least intellectual ones, of her body. She hung up one of her shoes, near the gas, in the room I occupied, one night, I suppose to set me regaling my mind with speculations about it. (I grinned, got a book and never looked at the shoe.) She delighted in dressing up in Jim’s clothes, necessarily, considering her bulk, an indecency, thus exhibiting herself to male visitors. (I never saw this, and a glad of it.) She would talk of this, minutely. She showed me a letter Jim sent to her down south, a letter written for her eye alone and for her prurient, nasty taste. (I don’t justify Parton in this; he is deteriorated by her.) She makes obsene jokes to him privately and hints at them publicly. “Unfortunately,” I have heard Jim say, “Fanny’s jokes are on subjects which it don’t do to mention in public.” She openly hints at her sexual desires. —— All of which is less harmless than her writings. Vale to the subject, for the present.

3. Tuesday. Writing, chores &c, till the afternoon,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-05-02

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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