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ishness and vanity.   She is as incapable of
rising to his level as a ditch-born fog reaching
the planet Jupiter.    She has no quiet affection to
bestow upon any living creature, only a she-rowdyish
simulation of it.        Almost insufferable when in good
humor, what must she be in bad?        I have seen
small displays of her temper and can imagine the
hell she would create when her vanity or selfish-
ness were touched   herself the wretchedest creature
in it!     For she has an unquiet conscience and all
her attacks on women grow out of an ever-present
hatred that they instinctively know what she is. How
she must have lied too, in those cannibal books
of hers, serving up father, husbands, brothers
&c.  How well one can understand why they could
not tolerate her   how a knowledge of her half justi-
fies them.       The woman who could idealize the loath-
some Dyer   parasite as he is   into the heroic
John Walter   what is she not capable of?   A man s
prime excellence, in her opinion, lies in his thorough
subserviency to her.   Dare to question her perfection
and prepare for war to the knife!     She prefers men
to women because she thinks they are more easily gulled by a woman
  blunter-witted; which is generally true. (Attraction
of sex &c, but only on the Steerforth principle   desire
of shining, of applause.   She will coax you, and pet
you, chaff and rally you, stir you up   all with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten: page one hundred and fifty-five
Description:Describes Fanny Fern's personality.
Subject:Books and reading; Dyer, Oliver; Fern, Fanny; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Ten
Description:Includes descriptions of an explosion of a boat on the North River, New York literary Bohemians, boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the death of writer Mort Thomson's young wife Anna, working on the publication ''Constellation,'' visits to the Edwards family, a falling out with Fanny Fern over an article he wrote criticizing ''The New York Ledger,'' a rumor that Fitz James O'Brien is the heir to an Irish baronetcy, and a change of landladies at his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; 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 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.