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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 53, February 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX02861710

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 53, February 13, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about Thomas Nast.

Transcription:

On the eve of [Thomas] Nast's Departure.

in the world, he [Nast] would find there were other girls in it. I doubted the continuance of his passion, if a year of absence intervened, when it must be fed by no more than letters. That pecuniary success, which I predicted for him, often increased the self-esteem of ignorant men, when they were capable of becoming arrant despots, none the less so because they had hertofore been obliged to repress their egotism, or to modify it by an alloy of humility. That woman’s wit didn't always rule in such matches; that always it was a dangerous experiment for a woman to intentionally select one her inferior, believing that his affection for her might put a ring in his nose, by which she could lead him through life as tenderly as asses are. With more of the same sort. Finally I advised her to let him depart, herself uncommitted; if his passion held trial, well, if not, not.

Sally [Edwards] listened pretty calmly. I think her cheeks flushed and her hands trembled once or twice, but the former is often the case with her. She was good humored, non-committal — as I expected — and discussed little Nast with a coolness which she certainly could not have maintained, had she any real affection for him. "Well?" she said, more than once,

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1860-02-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Courtship

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