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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 144, July 25, 1851

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Identifier: DX01000205

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 144, July 25, 1851

Description: Regarding a conversation with Miss Brown at Mrs. Kidder's residence.


by appreciation of a pleasurable object. Of the dilemma her rule of rejecting the latter would reduce an unlucky dog to, when in society with a pretty woman, either to talk, common place or run the risk of being “brained with a lady’s fan” for “flattery.” This sort of talk, she [Margaret Brown] said, was decidedly more ingenious “flattery” and gave me credit for it. There we got to men and women, (young) and converse in general [words crossed out]. I think she likes the “common sense” hobby, & prides herself on ‘it, so I didn’t spare that mongst other topics. Justified [words crossed out] her expressed contempt for common place fellows, and told her that men deserved the treatment of fools as we’re all, ready to go down on knees to a girl on a second interview, and conveyed a downright intimation that sort of thing wasn’t at all in my line, & I didn’t intend to do’t even to her. (This paid off the “flattery!”) Looked, though I spoke not open compliment, and by Juno’s eyelids that was not difficult, for she’s a [word crossed out] handsome creature. I never saw a finer nobler form, and when she rose in a deliberate queenly way, and sate down in the rocking chair, her head back and gazing full at your eyes; the deep full flounces of her dress filling up the wide chair, I should like to have told her how I admired her. She tells me she has worn the “Bloomer” for Turkish costume, though not “out of doors.” By Jove I’d [word crossed out] like to see her in’t! [words crossed out]

Presently in came Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder, “Lotty” [Kidder] and the masculines, boarder whereat Mrs K takes her meals. Some battledore & shuttlecock [words crossed out] talk of originality of which Mrs K professed herself a passionate admirer. The two boarders didn’t say much, and one unfortunate wretch, (Pope was his name) being asked as to his taciturnity replied, He was pondering on the practicability of saying something original, and had thought of saying that “Miss Brown Looked Very Beautiful!” but as she must be aware of it, it would lack novelty. Poor devil! never was remark [words crossed out] worse received. She looked absolutely resentful at first and ere [unclear word] sentimis had been said by others came

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1851-07-25

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Clothing and dress


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