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Edith Lank has posted 35 annotations/comments since 26 September 2013.

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About Thursday 6 August 1663

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These Anglo-Saxons seem to prefer blondes altogether, with "black" a synonym for "ugly" -- in the folk song the young lady says of her handsome winsome Johnny that "some say he's black, but I say he's bonnie".

About Tuesday 28 July 1663

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Could have fooled me...did, in fact. I was sure those long detailed entries must have been written hot from the happening. Those must have been great notes Sam took over several days. Don't you wish we had a sample of them?

About Saturday 25 July 1663

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888 words. It's easy to see which days Sam enters later from note he's taken, and which ones he enjoys re-living in the wee small hours.

About Saturday 25 October 1662

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"I say it's spinach, and the hell with it" is the punch line from a cartoon back in the 1930s -- okay, maybe the 40s. I wonder if Bradford is still alive -- he or she made that comment in 2005.

About Sunday 5 October 1662

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Sam will be delightfully detailed about most of his romantic adventures, but not when his wife is the subject. What do you think "Lay long in bed with my wife" indicates when it ends with "we were friends again."?

About Wednesday 6 August 1662

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Thanks for the link; I immediately ordered the Sam'l Pepys mouse pad and am seriously considering the coffee mug.
Not much more than a hundred years later, Jane Austen's writing desk was a portable affair that sat upon a table -- if that's any help, mouse-wise.

About Tuesday 17 June 1662

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In winter I get up at night
and dress by yellow candlelight.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day...
--Robert Louis Stevenson

About Wednesday 26 March 1662

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Giving a talk about Pepys (to the English-Speaking Union here) I mentioned his celebration of anniversaries of being cut for the stone -- that he had a special box made to hold said stone etc.
when a man in the audience said he'd seen that stone. I can't remember where he said it's kept, but it was in London. Anyone know if that's true?

About Thursday 23 January 1661/62

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Laura -- you'd like to know what the women think -- here's the start of The Diary of Mrs. Pepys, by Sara George:

31st December 1659

I have resolved to keep a journal, and it will be private. I shall keep it hidden, and it will be mine alone and I shall say whatever I like. So that on days and nights like this it will be company of a sort....