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Louise Hudson has posted 179 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Thursday 23 July 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Dirk wrote:

Interesting to note how much difference a comma can make too...

As in Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss

About Sunday 12 July 1663

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Re Josselin's vs Pepys' weather reports. It's true, Pepys may have been in an area where it wasn't raining. I find that many English people will call it a "a fine day" as long as it isn't raining at the moment.

About Saturday 11 July 1663

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Jeannine wrote:

How many of us reading this will now double (or perhaps triple) check the locks before going to sleep next time you're away from home! Wouldn't this be freaky to wake up to!

For us, yes, but not so much for Pepys and his cohorts, seeing how they flop in any bed that's available and even share it with one of a very odd assortment of people. Not sure they had locks on the doors--or even doors. Sam probably wasn't as suprised or shocked by clerk standing at his bed as any of us would be, though he was apparently taken aback by his words. If the clerk had just crawled in beside him, Sam might not have thought twice about it.

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

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

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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.