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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 100, November 11, 1860

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Identifier: DX01345335

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 100, November 11, 1860

Description: Describes Charles Damoreau's troubles with his wife.

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Revolting against his [Charles Damoreau’s] Wife [Beatrice Damoreau].

[char]ter to his likings — “finding affection elsewhere,” perhaps begetting another family. He says the woman is furiously jealous, withal, of his success with others; of whom she lies indirectly, by telling him what they said of him at another time, as though it occurred recently. When they were going to be married, I happened to smile at him, as he and the bride-elect sat in the coach; his responding produced a threat of breaking off the match then and there! He declares he should have taken her at her work and ordered the coachman to drive back; when he might have conquered her and retained the whip-hand ever since. He narrates some damnable inf instances of the woman’s utter selfishness and one, the sinking of her $1,000 out of all power of touching it for ten years, seems to have made a great impression on him. Yet he can’t be sure of the existence of this money. I think it’s probable the woman has lied a good deal from the outset; she told him mysterious stories of her possible fortunes, which have either drifted into forgetfulness or been but indefinitely recanted. He says he is confident as to her chastity and seems to have no doubt about it. For six months, she avers that she lived a virgin wife with her first husband, who, quoth Charley, “was a gentleman though a Frenchman,” and who

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-11-11

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Marriage
Women
Weddings

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