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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 93, January 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03275811

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 93, January 25, 1859

Description: Comments on the other boarders living at 132 Bleecker Street.

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keep themselves to themselves, and don't talk at table. Husband [Mr. King] thin, spare, down-looking, with an Americanized Louis Napoleonic cast of countenance. Wife a Jewess, thin, spare with very black hair — too prounouncee to be pretty. When she speaks utters the thinnest inanities. Three boys, no wise objectionable outwardly Mrs Moore, divorced wife, has room next to mine. Youngish, with rather a low forehead, plebeian face, not ill-looking. Too eagerly-agreable in talk to people, and smiles in advance of your observations — not pleasantly because too much so. Husband behaved very badly to her, says Mrs P. [Catharine Potter] — she got a divorce from him. Of course. Stops away from the house a week altogether, understood to be visiting relatives. Had a sister here to see her — rather superior in appearance. Makes friends with poor Miss Pierson, whom I'm beginning to like, because she isn't a humbug. What a life for a woman, plain, over forty, living in a front attic of a boarding-house, in receipt of no attentions from anybody, or from what I see, no affection. Nothing to do, too. One portrait I have not yet sketched, Miss [Lucia] Cooper, Mrs Potter's sister, the only unmarried one of the family. Amiable — so much so that it affects one painfully. Even pleasant-looking, possessing no such essentially Irish features as her sister. Sensible too, though too apt to follow one's conversational lead with undue pliancy. Self- respective and self-sacrificing, nurses her mother assiduously and is tormented by Mrs [Elizabeth] Gourverneur by day

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1859-01-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Divorce
Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Women

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