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        Some bad Women don t love their
some more details about Allie.     She has borne
two children, the last, Watson s bastard, is the
one Eytinge has the felicity of supporting.   This
child, the mother, after an affectation which would
be amusing if it were not dreary, calls  Pearl,  in
copy of the heroine of Hawthorne s  Scarlet Letter, 
thereby intimating that she, Allie, has loved, has
suffered, is punished and all that rot.        The child
is worthy of its parentage of felon and strumpet
  a beast of a child.         For the other, though she
did Becky Sharpe about it, once, talking of her
being punished by it s deprivation, she cares not a
jot; hasn t seen it for years.                  Thus charac-
teristic is the strongest instance of the inherent dam-
nableness of this kind of woman; but for it, in
Thackeray s heroine, readers might have gone
astray in admiration of her cleverness and subtle-
ty.      Lotty had it and she, too, would play at
 they tore it from my arms &c.,  though, really,
she was utterly incapable of any passion but that
begotten of an egotism as frightful and merciless
as that dominant in the breast of that arch-queen
of bitches, Fanny Fern.         These miserable
women are tormented by their own perversity
and falseness; they use the sentiments of love
and maternity only as a superstructure for
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Comments on Allie Vernon as a mother.
Subject:Books and reading; Children; Eytinge, Solomon; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Pearl; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Watson, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.