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Louise Hudson has posted 175 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Monday 29 June 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Although he would have sung the praises of "doing it" I don't think Sam would have added anything about falling in love.

About Monday 1 June 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Todd Bernhardt: "Another indication of what Sam considers "betimes" (though I'd thought 5:00 was betimes, and 4:00 "very betimes")."

According to http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/betimes/

It means "early" or "earlier than usual" so it could be any time before Sam's usual rising time.

Presumably he took the word from the KJV Bible, where it appears frequently.

in Genesis 26:31 "they rose up betimes in the morning," also in 2 Chronicles 36:15

About Monday 1 June 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Terry F: "Does anyone else wonder whether there was a 17th-century remedy for menses besides bedrest - for the well-off."

You may have hit the nail on the head. Only well-off women could afford to stay in bed during menstruation, cramps or no, endometriosis or no. Working women got up and went to work, often walking long distances, running up and down stairs and doing heavy lifting. It helped the blood flow and may be the reason they were healthier all around. They couldnt afford to give in to their "monthlies."

About Tuesday 26 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Perhaps Sam is driven to distraction by the thought that his wife could be doing with Pembleton what he has done with more than one of the "pretty women" he has noticed. A double standard he is likely to accept without question.

About Sunday 24 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

NJ Lois--Sam may know right from wrong but as we know, he gives into wrong more often than not.

As for Liz being a feminist--it's true that she would not be one by 20th or even 19th century standards, but even then, not all women who considered themselves feminists wanted to earn her own living or acquire skills that would give them comparable status to their husbands, nor did they treat women of the "lower classes" with much respect, but I think Liz did exhibit the seeds of later feminism. She wanted to have her say and would probably have said so, at least for the women of her own class. It took a long time for today's widespread feminism to develop from those tiny seeds (and we still have a long way to go). Meanwhile, there was a tremendous amount of resistance from both men and women through its years of development.

About Monday 25 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Spotted fever: epidemic typhus, a louse-borne disease, which reached epidemic proportions in the 17th-19th centuries, especially following wars.

About Sunday 24 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Liz would have made a wonderful 20th Century feminist. She doesn't let Sam push her around and she gives as good as she gets. I wanted to cheer when she told him about the pretty woman at church and Sam immediately trots off to see. She knows him far better than he knows her. And how "convenient" that Mr. Pembleton was in attendance, too. I can just see her smirking behind her glove. Sam, you don't have a chance. You've met your match. I love it!

About Friday 15 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

There is a good history of woman's undergarments, including during Pepys time here.http://www.historyextra.com/lingerie

The diary is quoted regarding women wearing "drawers"

As Australian Susan points out, women wearing drawers was roundly criticized by men for the usual reasons.

"Paintings, woodcuts and book illustrations both of sacral and secular themes show only men wearing this type of underpants . . . . When women are shown wearing pants it’s always in the context of ‘a world turned upside down’. Trousers and underpants were considered a symbol of male power and women wearing them were pugnacious wives trying to usurp the authority of their husbands, or women of low morality."

About Saturday 9 May 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Sam, Sam, you don't wear a wig instead of washing your hair! People have been washing their hair regularly for millennia, all over the world. Soap and water does just fine.