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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 248, November 5, 1858

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Identifier: DX03610909

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 248, November 5, 1858

Description: Regarding Mr. and Mrs. Willis Patten.

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bill for the fiddle on the staircase. Now there's no harm in a woman's playing the fiddle, but still it's funny. Her [Mrs. Patten's] life can't be too happy with that dyspeptic grampus [Willis Patten]. He befogs himself over his newspapers, instead of talking to her and sometimes retorts on her volubility with some curt sentence as pleasant to receive as a slap of the face. Truth to tell, however, she can often give him as good as he brings. Yet the woman has better stuff in her than has ever been drawn forth. He, with his dry, coarse nature, his objective faith, which is no faith at all, being all plagiarized from vulgar infidelity, and consisting merely of antagonisms and prejudices, — he can't lead the woman's soul into green pastures. Utterly destitute of sensitiveness and sensibility, how can he understand it in her, when it occurs. She would work for him in hard up times, plan for him (she got him his office) believe in him — like Mrs Pounden she actually nourishes a monstrous idea that her husband is rather a popular, an agreable man than other wise! — yet she's not happy with him. She has threatened to quit him. But, of course, thats all talk. In some things they have acted like children during their prosperity — purchasing trashy things and indulging themselves in silly ways. Except in [William] Levison's book case, filled by contributions sent into the Picayune, to be reviewed, I never saw such a lot of trash books together as in Mrs Pattens room. Weak, Yankee, dollar fictions— the d____dest rot conceivable — the only decent volume Emerson's "English Traits." Yet I am glad to know that Pat-

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1858-11-05

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Music
Books and reading
Diaries
Marriage
Women

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