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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 91, June 14-15, 1855

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Identifier: DX03887035

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 91, June 14-15, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its stone gargoyles.


the stone balusters. They appear to scowl, grin, sneer, or stedfastly watch the great city, so that the towers seem to be manned by devils and monsters. (One, I noticed, was devouring a struggling dog.) Ascending still further, we soon reached the very summit of the north tower, (from which Dom Claude is precipitated by Quasimodo, in the story [The Hunchback of Notre Dame],) and are full two hundred feet above Paris. Here are more monsters, oddy curven spouts, and another noble view. (Very strange must the effect be, after a heavy rain storm to see these fantastic gutterheads vomiting water.) Descending, seeing the bells, (are any of Quasimodo's seraglio there now?) down the other tower, past Dom Claude's cell, (where some one had chalked 'ANA'TKA on the door,) and to dinner at our hotel. A promenade in the evening along the print-shops by the Seine, taking shelter from a shower of rain in a wine shop, then over the bridge, and towards the Champs Elysee. All the women abroad vouchsafed so liberal a display of handsome legs, that all the admiration of sexual beauty in one's nature was stirred up. One lady pedestrian there was, who went before us for twenty minutes in the grounds fronting the Tuileries, (as we turned back from an abortive attempt to reach the Arc de l'Etoile,) whose beautiful legs and exquisite walk might have lit up a fire in the breast of Saint Anthony. [words crossed out] To the Boulevard Italiens, & by 11, to our hotel.

15. Friday. Up by 6, and with Doctor Holton, Marshall and my brothers [Edwin and Charles Gunn] to the adjacent Ecole de Medecine. A great throng of students and Doctors visiting the various patients, — one a man with a gangrened toe — pah! Escaped from the Doctor, who wanted to

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Books and reading
Church buildings
Clothing and dress
Seine River (France)


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