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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 98, March 11, 1858

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Identifier: DX03482917

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 98, March 11, 1858

Description: Describes Catharine Potter, who runs his boarding house.


impregnable repetition — against which the Gods are powerless. She [Catharine Potter] is exceedingly narrow-minded, as may well be, considering her life. Practically, like most persons, she is a great deal better than her creed. Fun and humor she don’t like — in common with most of her sex, whom it generally startles, they’re not quite sure it’s proper — preferring a little mild, conventional, summering badinage. She can hold her tongue at the dictation of prudence, but has a spice of hot temper in the rear of it, and relishes a gossip. She is scrupulously honest and independent and, like all boarding-house people, has been awfully swindled. She hasn’t much education, talks ungrammatically and gets Miss Sturgis to look over her written letters before sending them off. She don’t go to church but thinks it right to do so. She talks, naturally enough, of the wearisomeness of an existence spent in catering for people’s appetites. She says she don’t want to get married, is not ill-pleased at the suggestion of its probability and there’s a mild standing jocularity with respect to a Californian friend who corresponds with her — to shield herself from which she has ventured on an innocent flam about his being married. She suspects men of a normal inclination towards inebriety. (When I first came to this house, being miserable and nervous to the last degree, she fancied I got drunk, privately — this she subsequently told me. I think her idea of happiness centres in passivity. She does her duty in life, and practically is a good and pretty consistent woman. “Doesticks” [Mortimer Thomson] and [Frank] Cahill up at night. Mort inquiring about Allie Vernon. He’d been to [James] Partons and Fanny [Fern] had told him Allie wasn’t Sol’s wife. Whereupon, going home, his dear

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1858-03-11

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century


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