Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Edith Lank has posted 20 annotations/comments since 26 September 2013.
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About Sunday 23 June 1661
Vincente -- I'm pretty sure that our Samuel does indeed tell himself all. Often with details. It's probably part of the pleasure -- re-reading and re-living whatever.
About Sunday 3 March 1660/61
What Sam Pepys could have done with a cell phone!
About Thursday 14 February 1660/61
As for Sam writing as any intelligent educated man of that era would -- one has only to read John Evelyn, a competent diarist, to appreciate Sam's remarkable gift not only with words, but with life itself.
I believe that, having maneuvered so that the right person was the one you saw first on Valentine's Day, you were then obligated to buy a gift for your Valentine. Will that happen?
About Friday 8 February 1660/61
The American sentiment in the early 1800s -- Millions for Defense but Not One Cent for Tribute.
About Thursday 7 February 1660/61
In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, pubished in 1811, John Willougby seduces Eliza, the ward of Colonel Brandon, who calls on Willougby to "meet by appointment", from which occasion "we returned unwouded."
About Sunday 27 January 1660/61
I have wondered if, in reading Pepys, one might translate "merry" as "drunk."
About Friday 18 January 1660/61
Bookbinding -- I'm no expert on the 17th century but not a lot more than 100 years later, Jane Austen's books were issued "in boards" -- heavy cardboard covers -- with the understanding that the purchaser would then have them bound in leather -- maybe half or quarter leather -- in the owner's choice of colors and gilt lettering and decorations.
About Monday 14 January 1660/61
What strikes me is the way everything is delightful all day long.
About Friday 11 January 1660/61
Malcolm says Sam allows others to see his weaknesses but indeed he doesn't. Not only is the diary in shorthand, but when it gets really interesting he lapses into a Spanish-French-Latin jargon as an extra precaution. Still, he may have had us in mind, given the care he took of the diaries and the provisions he made for them after his death.As for his wife's viewpoint -- I believe someone has written a novel telling Elizabeth's story (note of course that Sam never mentions her first name.)