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Louise Hudson has posted 262 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Sunday 21 February 1663/64

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The first use of the word luncheon I ever heard was in Nancy Drew mysteries. It did add an air of sophistication to my ears that lunch never had. That, along with her roadster. Lunch was what we ate at school from brown paper bags.

I can imagine Sam was quite happy with the most admirable slut Susan.

About Thursday 18 February 1663/64

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Pepys often works in his office until midnight or later. He must have had some kind of light--candles or lanterns, perhaps, though oil lamps didn't come into use until the late 1700s. Pepys would probably have had candleholders with a shiny metal panel behind the candle to increase the candlelight. It couldn't have been easy to read anything after dark until gaslight was invented in the 1800s.

About Wednesday 17 February 1663/64

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"Up, and with my wife, setting her down by her father’s in Long Acre, in so ill looked a place, among all the whore houses, that I was troubled at it, to see her go thither. "

Apparently not troubled enough to go with her. Oh, yes, he had more important things to consider than his wife's safety--or "the girl's" sleep, but I'm sure he pays her well.

About Sunday 14 February 1663/64

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I had the same experience as Tom Burns with catechism in the Catholic church. I remember worrying what question I might be asked by the bishop but I don't remember the question or my answer. I must have "passed" because I was confirmed that day.

I also had the same experience as Nate--it didn't take, at least not past age 18.

About Lamprey

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So they're a lot like overgrown leeches. Parasites. Yummy!

About Thursday 11 February 1663/64

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Doesn't anyone think Sam might have been using hyperbole when he said they ate the pig hand to fist? Don't we all exaggerate in that manner, especially when it comes to greedily eating and drinking? "We devoured the meal. "He gobbled it up." "We made pigs of ourselves." "He inhaled the food." "She drank like a fish." "He drank his companions under the table." Would anyone take these words and phrases literally? Do you all think Sam was always deadly serious, never making light of anything, even in informal conversation? No joking, no kidding around, no exaggerating for effect, even in the "privacy" of his diary?

About Tuesday 9 February 1663/64

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Rueben: Ruben on 10 Feb 2007 • Link • Flag

"did walk an hour or two..."
The L&M edition confirms that 'walk' is the correct reading.

Still, an hour or two? Indeed a very big house, or may be they had a gym at home?"

I expect they went back and forth or round and round over the same area many times.

As for Sam's discourse with Mr. Moore, Sam often gets hopelessly lost in a sea of pronouns--as do I in reading it. Without spending more time than I have, trying to make head or tail of the story, I usually move on, having come to no conclusion as to what Sam was going on about. I chalk up losing the plot occasionally to the fun of reading Pepys!

About Saturday 6 February 1663/64

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Jeannine: "it seems almost a miracle that so many babies and mothers actually survived."

Not many did survive. The reason there were enough babies to continue the population was because there were so mamy conceived in those days of no effective birth control. A loss of 36% before the age of six would hardly be noticed, demographically speaking.

"Demographers estimate that approximately 2% of all live births in England at this time (17th century) would die in the first day of life. By the end of the first week, a cumulative total of 5% would die. Another 3 or 4% would die within the month. A total of 12 or 13% would die within their first year. With the hazards of infancy behind them, the death rate for children slowed but continued to occur. A cumulative total of 36% of children died before the age of six, and another 24% between the ages of seven and sixteen. In all, of 100 live births, 60 would die before the age of 16."

Many young mothers died, too, and women of childbearing age. It's easy to think that it would have taken a miracle for the population to survive.