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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 56, December 24, 1858

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Identifier: DX03245937

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 56, December 24, 1858

Description: Regarding Allie Vernon's relationship with the Thomson family.


mother [Sophy Thomson] found it not very difficult to believe in Allie [Vernon], who doubtless did the aspiring-to-be-a-better-creature-and-always-misused-and-unfortunate business. Heaven knows innocent Chips [Anna Thomson] couldn't have been damaged by her, save, perhaps, but being compromised by appearing in her company. I, as others, would be willing to believe in Allie, but that she can't be content to put her claims simply on the grounds of one who wants to let bye-gones be byegones — saying I am now, after a fashion, married and will do my best to be a good decent woman. But she will flap her fishes tail in people eyes, will do all sorts of damned affectations of the gushing, the intellectual sort which are insults to your common sense. She were less than woman not to be affected at poor Chips' death, yet she must needs vent it theatrically. She screamed and took on, and called upon "O my Anna!," asked whether she could survive her decease, went three-quarters or more towards fainting, kissed Fanny [Fern] and Grace [Eldredge], and in a word was a nuisance. "Little Do–ra to the last!" said she, theatrically, when she saw the corpse of the dead girl. "A d____d fool!" as [James] Parton commented, his manly sense and sorrow instinctively informing him that such displays were not natural — were more than half Brummagem. However perhaps the poor, battered, cheaply constituted creature could do no better — it was all the tribute she had to offer. I'm not sorry that she kissed Grace’s cheek — it must be long since her lips

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-12-24

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Grief


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