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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 85, June 13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03881748

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 85, June 13, 1855

Description: Describes waiting in a hotel in Paris for Wilkins to arrive.


privileges, (which latter are at our entreaty increased.) Wilkins leaves promising to rejoin us by 1 or 2. I wash all over, turn into the low French bed and go to sleep. Four hours or so pass, and when I wake, the hot sunlight which had poured distractingly into my window, as though defying slumber had passed away, and soon the skies began to weep dismally. Wilkins comes not, and after some two hours waiting Charley [Gunn], (who is miserable) and Edwin [Gunn] descend with the intention of getting a vehicle and trying the place before spoken of; I am to tarry the advent of Wilkins. My little room looks forth on the inner square of the hotel, I see odd sloping roofs, quaint chimneys, fragile gutters, and fast falling rain. At an opposite window is a prettyish woman seated at her needle, and she glances at me occasionally. I am very hungry, and irate at Wilkins. I recollect Andre la Savoyard in Paris for the first time, and his being in the Hotel Francornard, and have an odd sort of impression that I had fancied this very experience of Paris, in my boy days, — that I had known it before. By 4 1/2 Charley returns, Edwin remaining below. Charley is very miserable, faint from hunger, and declares he’ll return to London on the morrow. He, and Edwin have had unpleasant experience of their ride, the driver of the fiacre being (of course) unable to read the address. I console Charley, we descend, find a waiter who speaks English, pay bill, and issue forth into the streets of Paris again. Hail a vehicle, Ned mounts beside the driver, and we cross the Seine, and to the Cour de Commerce, Rue de l'Ecole de Medecine. It is a lengthy, narrowish passage, paved with cobble stones, an iron gate at either end, another within. Our hotel is kept by M Louis Perret

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hotels


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