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Louise Hudson has posted 200 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Tuesday 20 October 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

"This evening, at my Lord’s lodgings, Mrs. Sarah talking with my wife and I how the Queen do, and how the King tends her being so ill."

It looks as if "pronounitis" goes back as at least far as the 17th century, and it shows no sign of dissipating. I don't know whether to feel good or bad about it.

About Monday 19 October 1663

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There were domestic clocks in Pepys' time. In addition there were sand timers (hour glasses). Doctors could have carried minute sand timers with them for the times when a clock was not available. Heartbeats could be felt at the wrist or heard by putting an ear to the chest of a patient. Sand timers were used from BCE.

About Sunday 18 October 1663

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Terry seems to be describing a dart or a gathering of material. I doubt that's what Pepys meant by poynte, because he said he he bought it for her. He wouldn't be buying a dressmaker's technique. I expect it was some kind of lace or other decoration.

I don't think Sam will ever get over Pembleton. I suppose it keeps things interesting, for us, at least.

About Monday 12 October 1663

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The obsession with bowel function and dysfunction did not dissipate until the late 20th Century. My own parents were also obsessed by it and thought that all ailments--even headaches--could be traced to the bowels. There is some indication of that attitude even today.

As the Encyclopedia entry here on the "clyster" warns, bowel irrigation could be dangerous and could rupture an appendix or damage the intestinal lining and introduce infections, something Pepys and his cohorts couldn't have known.

About Saturday 26 September 1663

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Also, Nick Hedley, Thanks for the information about Rawlinson being a tavern keeper and that Sam and Mr. Deane had to pay for their dinner--Mr, Deane, anyway, since Sam was invited.

About Saturday 26 September 1663

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". . . there we dined very well at his own dinner, only no invitation, but here I sat with little pleasure"

Like Bradford, I'm also confused as to what that means. Does Pepys mean that Rawlinson did not issue an invitaion to Mr. Deane, but reluctantly allowed him to eat with them, seeing as how he was already there? Did someone say "awkward"?

About Thursday 24 September 1663

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Four things occur to me as a result of reading the comments here.

1. Sam is 36 years old and a married man. He should be past his youthful indiscretions by now.

2. Sam claims to be a practicing Christian. At least he tries mightily to show the world he is a fine upstanding one, though that seems to have meant no more in the 17th Century than it does now.

3. Betty Lane may know what adultery is, but she has neither made nor broken any vows to Elizabeth. Sam, through his marriage vows, however, owes fidelity to Elizabeth, though no one would guess it knowing how he carries on.

4. A little guilt about his "poor wretch" doesn't change anything. In addition, what Sam has done for the Navy means nothing when it comes to how he has conducted himself as a husband and a presumed Christian.

Why shouldn't he be judged by what he wrote in his diary? It's all we know of him. Without the diary no one would be able to judge him on any level.

About Friday 4 September 1663

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"Mrs. Harper sent for a maid for me to come to live with my wife. I like the maid’s looks well enough, and I believe may do well,"

Glad to see she measures up to his exacting standard for a maid. I wonder if she has any other qualifications. Would it matter to Sam?