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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 131, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03306635

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 131, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes the behavior of Fanny Fern and her daughters.


the house in New York and they migrate in April. Jim [Parton] doesn't look at all well. A years absence from "home" subsequent to his completion of Jackson, especially if spent in a voyage to England would give him a fresh lease of life. He has come back from the South with a bad cold and looks wretchedly. I suppose what I’m going to write is very atrocious, a breach of hospitality and all that, but down it must go.

Well, I think Parton hasn't much of a home. The women, however good intentioned, knock him about more than aught else — that is their notion of fun and fondness. Fanny [Fern], decidedly a robustuous female, "cuts up" (in an American sense) altogether too-extensively. "Jim Pox" is to be punched and bitten, and sat upon, and slapped with shoes pulled off for that purpose, and joked at, and made he subject of comic lies, and served up in the d____d Ledger —— everyway and anyway. The girls [Ellen and Grace Eldredge], too, as is inevitable, take after their mother, especially the younger [Ellen]. Grace's natural maidenhood keeps her from the violent demonstrations common both to her sister and mother; I have seen her unconsciously taking instinctive objections to their behavior. Fanny, in talk and conduct, is all ultra. She will dress herself in Jim's clothes — I'm sorry Grace has been initiated into the nasty Yankee trick — will tumble

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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