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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 155, March 10-16, 1859

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Identifier: DX03326177

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 155, March 10-16, 1859

Description: Describes Fanny Fern's personality.


[self]ishness and vanity. She [Fanny Fern] is as incapable of rising to his [James Parton's] level as a ditch-born fog reaching the planet Jupiter. She has no quiet affection to bestow upon any living creature, only a she-rowdyish simulation of it. Almost insufferable when in good humor, what must she be in bad? I have seen small displays of her temper and can imagine the hell she would create when her vanity or selfishness were touched — herself the wretchedest creature in it! For she has an unquiet conscience and all her attacks on women grow out of an ever-present hatred that they instinctively know what she is. How she must have lied too, in those cannibal books of hers, serving up father [Nathaniel Willis], husbands [Charles Eldredge], brothers &c. How well one can understand why they could not tolerate her — how a knowledge of her half justifies them. The woman who could idealize the loathsome [Oliver] Dyer — parasite as he is — into the heroic John Walter — what is she not capable of? A man's prime excellence, in her opinion, lies in his thorough subserviency to her. Dare to question her perfection and prepare for war to the knife! She prefers men to women because she thinks they are more easily gulled by a woman — blunter-witted; which is generally true. (Attraction of sex &c, but only on the Steerforth principle — desire of shining, of applause. She will coax you, and pet you, chaff and rally you, stir you up — all with

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-16

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Fiction
Women authors


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