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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 106, August 31, 1859

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Identifier: DX03091542

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 106, August 31, 1859

Description: Regarding Jesse Haney's behavior around the Edwards girls.


three [Eliza, Matty, and Sally Edwards], [Sally] being the most moved. “What’s the matter with him [Jesse Haney]?” she asked me, shunning to ask him, I think for two reasons. The first, supposing it to be merely slighted friendship, hurt at the irruption of new faces, she dreads “a scolding.” The second, supposing another hope has consciously or unconsciously grown up within his heart — the girl’s maiden delicacy shrinks from asking, so to speak, for a declaration. The others are more indifferent: Matty I believe thinking “he must get into good humor again if he got out of it,” and Eliza telling him, when at Grafton “they could do better without than with him!” which Sally condemned. Meantime Haney wants by persistence in his taciturnity, to compel the girls to ask him, when he meditates giving them, the three together, a lecture on old friends and new. “Not even when a lover comes in — ” he will say, fully expecting red cheeks and stormy denials. —— Thus affairs stood when we left the house this night. I, in reply to Sally’s inquiries, didn’t feel at liberty to speak of, what I knew of Haney’s feelings, but spoke freely of mine, when I fancied the girls were growing cold and gradually ignoring me. It touched her and she showed very kindly. She had “no idea!” she said. Well, feeling sorry to see Haney glum and sitting to’ther side of the room, and I, as it were, jumped into his for-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-08-31

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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