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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 154, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03325361

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 154, March 10-16, 1859

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

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vague idea that she [Grace Eldredge] mayn't have an opportunity. As for Mort [Thomson], he felt poor Chips' [Anna Thomson’s] death extremely at the time — is lonely, and though an amiable fellow, not much beyond it. He is sympathetic and materialistic — his young wife gone, he looks about to replace her, like a true Yankee. He hasn't strong individuality of character, doesn't think down to the root of anything, cannot live in daily duties and not altogether sorrowful retrospection of the poor dead child who loved him to the extent of her nature, for a decent year or two. Moreover he don't know any better than to believe in Fanny Fern. I'm not going to use any more repression about the woman. My first instincts towards her — dislike and repugnance — were the true ones. One, naturally, hates to nourish distrust towards a person whose hospitality you are accepting, and struggles to accept her favorably — but the infernal ineradicable taint in the cursed Willis blood is too palpable. She is slowly killing Jim Parton. There's the miserablest tragedy going on in that house, day by day. Oh the folly he committed in marrying her! I can tell how it grew: first pity from for her presumed misfortunes, then a liking for some of her sentiments which touched him particularly, then —— she did the rest. Finding a man of inf far higher intellect than herself who believed in her to the extent of investing himself in her, she annexed him. She loves him only as he ministers to her infernal self

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
Courtship

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