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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 86, June 13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03882629

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 86, June 13, 1855

Description: Describes arriving at the Parisian boarding house of M. Perret.


a Swiss, and Madame his wife, an Englishwoman, who as we arrive are just about presiding at dinner, which we are not sorry to sit down to. Some eight male boarders are present, who converse in good or indifferent French, and who presently appear to be all English; also an old Swiss woman. The room is a moderately spacious one, having two large windows, opening, (as do all French windows to the ground,) with a lengthy iron rod for bolt, from ceiling to floor, also mysterious handles. Lithographic portraits, and maps ornament the walls, and at the upper end of the room are seven pictures each oth starting on either side from the same level, and each hopping as it were centrally until the odd one surmounted the clock, which is large and has its internal arrangements mysteriously sunk in the flaccid room papering. M. [Louis] Perret is a little good humoured man, with a thick moustache, which looks as if he had recently inked it, the hair being black but un-lustrous, and grayish at the roots. He is very polite, has been in the National Guard, and wears a ribbon at his button hole. His wife is light-haired, of a spare figure, but reddish faced, speaks French very fluently, has travelled and read much, and is generally communicative and intelligent. But more of Madame anon. We dine, cut jokes, and are finishing with tea when enter Wilkins. I hand him my chair telling him I won't lack courtesy, albeit he does. He sits awhile, takes a cup of tea and talks; I tell him he has humbugged us, whereupon he gets up and clears out, and there’s a end of him. Talk continues, and presently we three stroll out to the Gardens of the Luxembourg, our companion being a little Irishman yclept Marshall,who has been in New

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-13

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Hotels


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