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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 80, October 29, 1852

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Identifier: DX01212441

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 80, October 29, 1852

Description: Comments on French humor.


went over to Brooklyn with him [Field], dined at his place, and then to a friend of his’ house, where was the book. Gave him $5, (what he asked for it.) Over to New York again, parted and I to [Edwin A.] Weed’s, thence to room, which I quitted not, save for supper during the day. I like Field, he’s a gentlemanly quiet fellow, & I think sensitive; — he was humbugged & wronged by the Scoundrel [Frederick] Gleason. / I’ve been looking over these “[Paul] Gavarni Ouvres.” Wonderfully drawn & clever as they are, how different a style of mirth is there in them from our English Artists productions. How genial, how honestly mirthful are all the exquisite conceits of John Leech in “Punch.” Whereas these french things are all more or less indecent. Double entendre, dirty inuendo [innuendo], and Phallus-worship at the root of all. What a nation it must be, how rotten at the core to relish this, to take it as a matter of course. Adultery is an excellent joke, — the unfortunate Coquardeaus, the wronged husbands are simply ludicrous. A woman prostituting her honor is such a funny thing to a Frenchman! Fancy the loathing and fear of a good, home loving English mother at seeing such sketches, decent enow in the drawing, but in meaning & words, so steeped in impurity. I wonder whether there ever was, is, or will be a Frenchman who could love the “Vicar of Wakefield.”!)

I’ve learnt the right name of one of my favourites in English

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-10-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Artists
Books and reading


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