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	The Taming of the Shrew.
with her squawk of  Jim!    Rogers, goaded
to fury, made a rush at her with the intention of 
carrying or pushing her down stairs bodily.   She,
physically apprehensive, and as cowed as Pip s
sister, after Dolge Orlick had administered his
practical mode of dealing with shrews, clung to
the rails again, found them giving way, and
screeched  Jim!  louder than ever.  Rogers  heavy
hand left marks on her shoulder which she after-
wards exhibited (and which Mrs Rogers sur-
mised she had manufactured herself by punching.
I acquit Fan there, for I know sher flesh bruis-
es with unusual rapidity.)  Nor did  Bill  spare
her in speech.    A woman of fifty behaving like
this!  quoth he.      Say sixty!  the maddened shrew
rejoined;  Well, sixty, then!    x   x   x    Call my
wife an ill-natured skeleton, you mass of gross-
ness!   Fan, prolific of epithet as she is, was
no match for her antagonist, who spoke of her
to me with loathing and anger.    In this row
she had evidently found her master and knew
it, yet she triumphed.        Her yell of  Jim!  on
Rogers rushing at her betokened such bodily
terror, that both Parton and his sister appeared
at the head of the stair case.   Then,  as Bill re-
marked  all the fat was in the fire.         She clung
round Parton as he tottered, half-fainting a-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen: page one hundred and ninety-one
Description:Regarding the visit of Fanny Fern and Jim Parton to Rochester, as told by Bill Rogers.
Date:1861-09-18
Subject:Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Parton, James; Parton, Mary (Rogers); Rogers, William; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Rochester, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-11

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seventeen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War; his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post;"" boarding house living; a bridal reception at the Edwards family's residence in honor of the marriage of Sally Edwards and Thomas Nast; a visit to the Heylyn and Rogers families in Rochester; and his trip to Paris, Ontario, to visit George Bolton and the Conworths.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada ; Rochester, 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.