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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 132, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03307448

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 132, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Regarding the marriage of James Parton and Fanny Fern.

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on top of him [James Parton], will, in short do anything. Now all this isn't funny or affectionate. It's decidedly dreary, and though Jim does not, perhaps, confess it to himself, he must find it so. He is a gentleman, she [Fanny Fern] emphatically not a lady. Besides these capers are unbecoming her age and one cannot avoid a sense of the absurdity accruing. I (and [Jesse] Haney too, I know) would infinitely prefer quiet, sociable intellectual chat to all the boisterous old-young-girlishnesses that could be extemporized. I feel slow and stupid in their presence and think how dreary it must be for Jim when we are not there. I do not doubt that the woman loves him after her fashion, but she is self-centered. He is "hers" — that's her way of looking at it. When he had to go down south it was all how shall I be able to get along in his absence" — I, I, I! He seems to recognize this, almost passively, only coming out in opposition when some sentiment — not action — provokes it. I fancy she has all her own way and would hate him if she didn't. Let her get alarmed by the idea that this man is holding his own; perhaps — oh horrors! — reckoning me up and not entirely believing that I am the fascinating, gushing, slap-dash, intellectual, admirable-in right-and-still-more-admirable-when-wrong creature, there'd be the devil to pay. No man could live happily with her who strove for — not the mastery — but

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women

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