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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 94, January 25, 1859

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Identifier: DX03276620

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 94, January 25, 1859

Description: Regarding Lucia Cooper, who lives in his boarding house.

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and night. There's just a spice of mammon-worship in this, though, and much more in Mrs [Catharine] Potter. Not that they really expect to get anything out of the woman [Elizabeth Gouverneur], they know her meanness and selfishness too well — but still she is a rich woman. Miss C. [Lucia Cooper] honestly confesses she would like to be married — doubtless, naturally, hopes yet to be so, though the chances are dead against her, for she is poor, not young — especially for America — not brilliant, nor accomplished. I think she has concluded that if a husband is to be had, it is only by dint of steady, perpetual, martyrising persistence in amiability. She carries this out so, that though it may be unjust, you can't help suspecting its entire genuineness. You would be relieved if g she would only dissent from you. I recollect catching one trait of nature — thoroughly feminine in its way — clean contrary to her usual role, at Niagara. Talking of Weighty Griffin, she said "I wonder everybody calls her pretty — why she hasn't a good feature in her countenance," and then criticized it in detail. Now there was truth, really, in what she said, yet Weighty is pretty for all that — the expression of her features, her youth, hair, plump plumpness and manner justifying the popular impression. I don't wonder that poor Lucia, without any prospect of being married, should revel in her woman's heart at the loose praises bestowed on perhaps a shallower person. I didn't feel inclined to laugh

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-01-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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