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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 219, May 21, 1860

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Identifier: DX03002571

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 219, May 21, 1860

Description: Regarding Lizzie Woodward, who lives in his boarding house.



[George] Boweryem’s Susceptibility.

pretty face, a pure and rather sweet voice when she [Lizzie Woodward] sings, goes to church, condemns dancing and theatres and don’t take Sunday afternoon walks, because “common people” are abroad then. She is not too good-tempered, I think; has the Yankee self-assertion to the usual “young-lady” extent of ill-breeding, says complimentary things to you, talks girl-commonplaces with an air of virtue and is good enough, all things considered. Her piety, as that of her class, is like the padding in feminine dress; it fills up vacancy. Her sister, [Susan Woodward] less good-looking, without the religion, is, I fancy, the least pretentious of the two.

Little Boweryem is in love in his cock-sparrow way with Miss Lizzie as with Miss Mary Buckley — as with Lotty [Kidder]!!! It’s half or three quarter’s approbativeness, with the rest of sensibility towards women. And during each little passion he is actuated by all the attendants of the real thing — jealousy, envy, what not! But he is easily offended and — cured!

[James] Morris has something of the same capacity for doing the tenderly-approbative with women. But his line is peculiar and characteristic. He “jerks around” as [Frank] Cahill would say, “his noble sentiments, reads poetry to ‘em, lends ‘em books, (his writings or [Nathaniel] Hawthorne’s, which latter they

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-05-21

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Books and reading


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