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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 40, December 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03242716

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 40, December 11, 1858

Description: Regarding the Martin family, who used to live at his boarding house.


to have to" do this and that — as though it were some superior qualification. You would be indirectly called upon to sympathize with her [Mrs. Pounden's] odious worser-half [Mr. Pounden] because he had to clean his own boots! When one's gorge actually rose at the fellow's presence. A decent shoe-black were a fellow to be honored beside him. Poverty brings out odious and little characteristics in human nature as well as good ones. As I am now not on mean topics let me add a dab more to turn the scale. Talking over the supper-table of the Martin family, Mrs [Catharine] Potter offered some of her conventional praise of them, apropos of Daniel's training, adding that the cause of their leaving the house was that "conversation was carried on over the Sunday dinners which Mr Martin couldn’t approve of!" The notion of that little, frail, cavernous-eyed, white-toothed, black-haired, sharp-edged, conscientiously narrow-minded pen-knife of a man sitting in judgment on all around him! Of course it was only half-true, as I knew they wanted and had long intended to get a house of their own. But to see the ineffable, stupid, placid championship of this bit of Presbitterian orthodoxy on the part of Mrs Potter — her thorough conviction that "a clergyman" ought to be bowed down to — that his presence added "respectability" to a boarding-house — to see this was to marvel, if one could marvel at anything! When I recollect that on their departure that she

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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