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Identifier: DX09316978

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 99, April 5-8, 1850

Description: Comments on doppelgangers.

This idea, “—the double-ganger” as the Scots say, is a very awful one, as I have oft times thought. Fancy, on a wild night, such as this, rising from disturbed feverish sleep, and fed by strange, half-supernatural whim and spirit-prompting to wander forth mid the snow drift and blustering wind flow. The Streets all ghostly and lone, wind roaring fiercely. Suddenly a figure passes, turning his face full upon you, — with what intense Horror would you see — Yourself! Alike in feature, look and demeanour. Or take it in another light. I have often fancied a Spirit-self aping by night my own acts during day. Sitting drawing as I do. — and this idea is more ghastly when extended — Imagine a great city by night, spectral shades thronging throught the streets — the mart — the bank all full of ghostly “mockers and mowers” of the day’s life. The finest bit of the supernatural in [Charles] Dicken’s is Scrooge [from A Christmas Carol] looking up at a disused bell in the lone house, when it begins softy to ring, and so do all the bells in the house.

6. Saturday. Making a drawing for title to [Hardin] Andrew’s “Newsboy.” Joe [Greatbatch] called in the evening, (as he wanted another book.) Going to quit his present leech-selling occupation.

7. Sunday. Walk on the battery with Hart and [Dillon] Mapother. In the afternoon Mr. [Joseph] Greatbatch and the boys [Fred and Edward Greatbatch] calling, accompanied them home and remained the remainder of the day, there.

8. Monday. Writing to M [Mary Bilton] the greater part of the day.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1850-04-05

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Books and reading
19th century


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