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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 68, February 2, 1858

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Identifier: DX03457929

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 68, February 2, 1858

Description: Describes attending a lecture by Lola Montez titled ''On the Wits and Women of Paris.''


impudence, pushing our way towards the rostrum and trusting to chances. An attendant got seats for [Jesse] Haney and [Frank] Cahill; I esconsed myself on the steps beside the lecturer [Lola Montez], where I was closer to her (and more generally prominent) than the rest of the audience. So I had a good look at Lola. She must have been exceedingly handsome, is now a trifle passee, has very fine dark eyes, nose just a little bit acquiline, good profile, beautiful throat and black hair. She was drest in exquisite taste, black velvet, not low in the neck, with white-lace berthe or collar, or whatever the women call it. The graceful slope of her back and full-though not crinolinely-vulgarized-redundant-swell of skirt was as Parisian as though she'd stept out of Gavarni. She has a pleasant voice, indicative, though, of latent shrewishness when she grows excited; and speaks with a French accent. The lecture "On the Wits and Women of Paris" was amusing, discursive, ungrammatical, immethodical and anecdotal. You could read the woman very well through it. (She does write her own lectures.) Her admiration of [Alexandre] Dumas, [Joseph] Mery &c and their free and easy lives, gettings into debt and theatrical generosities was very characteristic. She quoted a very un-equivocal answer of — I think — [Virginie] Dejazet's the actress, who being questioned as to how she had acquired such formative, jewelry &c said It was the result of a thousand and one nights. The audience were hardly quick-witted enough to catch this. She pitched into American ladies respecting there [their] love of dress — whereat some of them scowled and the men applauded. [James] Parton, Fanny Fern & her daughter were present in the gallery, though we didn't perceive them. Here’s a story or two of Lola, from [Henry] Clapp who knew her in Paris and visits her now. In order to avoid the

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-02-08

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Lectures and lecturing


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