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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 62, May 7, 1855

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Identifier: DX03856242

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 62, May 7, 1855

Description: Gives his thoughts on his brother Edwin's engagement to Mary Anne Chinner.


near me all my life.) But to those kind earnest eyes [of Hannah Bennett] there is a back ground of soul, to which I can appeal, and not in vain, for response and sympathy to the thoughts of mine. Very little attraction for me would the ordinary run of ‘love matters’ present, wherein two mortals little knowing their own, or each others natures pass through the avenue of a Fool’s Paradise into Matrimonial Common Place. I can see through such business, and would rather walk alone, self respecting than enter upon it. But when there’s the hope of winning a human soul to love you, and being the better, purer, and nobler for it, why, ‘tis worth striving for! / Look at the anticipatory couplings of those around me; Ned [Gunn]’s to wit. He, a good-looking, easy going, good humored fellow dropped into the [Mary Anne] Chinnerian trap, never thinking it. She, as Falstaff says of treason “lay in his way, and he took it up.” They made him welcome o’nights at Stoke Newington, gave him hot tod, ‘Mary Anne’ did the ‘very amiable’, Ned doubtless thought t’was time he should fix somewhere, she was a ‘good sort of girl’, and so it came about. ‘Twill probably end in a common place union, in which there will be no great endearments, no loves, hopes, and blessed peace and trust in each other, nor perhaps any very fierce quarrelings. He’ll stay out o’nights, she’ll be shrewish and give him ‘Candle’ occasionally. But what commonstock of self respect and belief in each other can they have to fall back upon? Marriage isn’t all kissing, and lives don’t end as in novels, with the ceremony. / And now for Charley [Gunn]’s affair. Little Rosa Bolton is shrewd, and has feeling, and is, (I rather hope, than believe it,) not

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Courtship


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