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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 145, July 25, 1851

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Identifier: DX01000652

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 145, July 25, 1851

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

Transcription:

out with some sentence to him [Mr. Pope] about as pleasant to receive as would a slap of the face be. [words crossed out]. He came from his side of the room, and sat down a little distance from us, and talked a little, [words crossed out]. He, ([words crossed out]) was a [word crossed out] specimen of the class we had been descanting on, and she [Margaret Brown] conveyed as much to me both by words & looks. Presently she crossed to the other side of the room, intimating that the shadow obscured my face, and on my following told me that she liked to look at those with whom she was conversing, to “have the enemy face to face.” Meantime “Lotty” [Kidder] who had, [word crossed out] a sore throat, was rolling about on the sofa, flirting with and petting a man, I should say of twice her age; a very Titania & Bottom scene . The bright-eyed spirituelle wilful little creature is regularly going to the devil for want of some body to tame her. She acts for effect, numskulls pet her, she’s betrayed into rudeness, and little insolences, and altogether I’m heartily sorry for the little chance of happiness she’ll have in the future. I told her somebody must very nearly break her heart ere she’d find out she had one — that if any one loved her dearly, of all things in the world he shouldn’t tell her of it. This she resented, but seemed touched by the implication for a second. Her mother [Rebecca Kidder] said it was true, and enjoyed the remark. [words crossed out] and “Bottom” said it was true also. It was atrocious to see that fellow [words crossed out] bending over her head, while she swayed about, her pretty foot and white satin boot glancing here and there with fitful wilfulness. Mrs Kidder talked of course, [words crossed out]. Occasionally thered [there would] be a general subject afloat, now the stream of converse would flow smoothly on, now linger in corners and eddys. I and Miss Brown conversing quietly. She told me that she was about to go to another boarding-house, “there was a room to let such as I wanted. Should she have me as a neighbour? Again on my jestingly hinting she had not forgiven my waking her, “had I found her so dull in companionship? There is, looking close into her face, when she

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-07-25

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Diaries
Women
Courtship

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