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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 74, October 24, 1860

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Identifier: DX01331889

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 74, October 24, 1860

Description: Describes a conversation with Sally Edwards about her flirtations.

Transcription:

65

A leading Question.

I said, “and then its so amusing to see how easily they are taken.” I talked of her [Sally Edwards’] way and habit of saying pleasant things, and its effectiveness, as the average run of girls stick to passivity; how men’s approbativeness raises the administrator of such delicious flattery into liking, which may be easily increased; and advised her to keep on, as it brought such peace and happiness and self respect (?).She said she felt “very wicked” while doing it, insisting that I thought her “perfectly heartless,” and earnestly denying she had ever attempted my capture, as I had intimated. “Why it don’t matter,” I answered; “I don’t like you any the less for it; but you know you did try the pleasant things on me?” “They were in earnest and I was different.” x x “I used to say things that stirred her up so.” “When? When I talked to her before [Thomas] Nast’s departure. It wasn’t so, now.” “Why?” Somehow she was changed — didn’t feel so much as she used to. Did I ever hear what Jim Parton had said about me, when he first knew me?” “No.” “That he thought how a woman could love me.” “Perhaps one does,” I answered. “What, now?” said Sally, thinking of Mary Bilton. I would have told her of Hannah [Bennett], if the time had been one for confidence. The others left us together,

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-10-24

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Women

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