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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 55, February 13, 1860

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Identifier: DX02863223

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 55, February 13, 1860

Description: Regarding Sally Edwards and her suitors.

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Sally Edwards.

[gene]rous sentiment, to see this meeting and measuring and calculating, "will he do?" or "will he not?" offends one's sympathies. She [Sally Edwards] inquired about [Thomas] Nast's fitness, too, of [Jesse] Haney, even after she had rejected him — an indelicate and cruel thing. She'll take her own course, have Nast without loving him (unless absence set him "flopping" elsewhere, as it easily may) and take her chances. I'm sorry to say that Mattie and Eliza are jealous of their sister's lover; Eliza the least, as furthest removed by age. But doesn't this always occur in families between sisters? between all women?

Maybe Sally knows what she wants well enough, maybe she is of arid nature and can conceive no or needs no deeper affection than Nast can offer. Haney was betrayed into his passion by a sort of sympathy, he knew she was not so attractive personally as the others and resolved she should have, at least, one admirer. If she felt anything on rejecting him, it was of very temporary nature. Her absence of affectation of feeling is curiously characteristic. When I told her that if any fellow of superior intellect, decent personal appearance, &c. were to become her suitor, she'd cut Nast out, she admitted he "might." How difficult, if not impossible, it is to avoid accrediting young girls

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-02-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Courtship
Diaries
Women

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