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About Cock (The Strand)

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The Cock Tavern was actually in Fleet Street, the continuation of The Strand in the City of London. The border between the two streets is by the Royal Courts of Justice, east of St Clement Dane's church. In the 1880, the pub was moved to the other side of the road. I frequented it occasionally during the 1970s, when I was a student at KCL on the Strand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_Olde_Cock_Tavern

About Friday 29 May 1663

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"... sent them with Creed to see the German Princess ..."

This implies that Elizabeth and Ashwell went to the Theatre with Sam and Creed. Just a reminder that, as the diary was only intended for Sam's own eyes, much of daily life is not recorded, as it would not need to be. Mention of the event would jog the rest of the memory.

About Friday 29 May 1663

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

The Cock Tavern was actually in Fleet Street, the continuation of The Strand in the City of London. The border between the two streets is by the Royal Courts of Justice, east of St Clement Dane's church. In the 1880, the pub was moved to the other side of the road. I frequented it occasionally during the 1970s, when I was a student at KCL on the Strand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_Olde_Cock_Tavern

About Tuesday 26 May 1663

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Good point JayW!

Whatever his intentions, whatever games are being played, Pembleton is merely a casual employee, so Ashwell, as a live-in lady's companion to his employer, is of superior social status, and entitled to due respect therefore.

About Monday 25 May 1663

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Two pounds and five shillings to cousin Sarah: a substantial sum: it's not so long ago that his entire income was but £50 per annum.

Sam doesn't mind helping out a deserving relative, but doesn't want it to become a regular commitment.

About Sunday 24 May 1663

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Elizabeth as a feminist role model? To make proper sense of this question requires a Marxist-style analysis: feminism did not arise in a vacuum, but in the context of more than two centuries of struggle by various disadvantaged groups in society. Arguably the origin of these struggles was in the Protestant Reformation and the Civil War. Indeed in Restoration times there were already some women who would set a shining example for future generations. One remarkable example was Margaret Fell, "mother of Quakerism", who amongst other things, argued for women's right to preach.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fell

What about Elizabeth? The late Gloriana might perhaps have been a proto-feminist, but not Mrs Pepys. Undoubtedly she has spirit and a mind of her own, but for her own ends and not as a member of the sisterhood.

1) There's no evidence she wants to earn her own living, or acquire skills which would give her comparable status to her husband. In that sense, Ashwell, having already had an incipient career as a teacher, would be a much more appropriate proto-feminist role model. Lady Penn, currently managing the family estates in Ireland, might be another.

2) She treats the household's female employees with very little consideration, and generally gets on poorly with other women apart from a chosen few. Not only does she alienate the Lady Battens, mother and daughter, she will only have her sister in law Pall in the house with the status of a servant. Elizabeth has no compunction about turning poor drunken Susan out onto the street, rather than helping her find some dignity and independence! Admittedly there are sensible selfish reasons for all this, but there's no solidarity with the fellow oppressed half of humanity.

Like a lesser and probably more scrupulous Lady Castlemaine, Elizabeth is a willing female member of the ruling class: her main concerns are to make sure she gets her share of the spoils: and an increasing share as her husband's wealth and status improve.

This is observation and not criticism: being educated in a convent, Elizabeth would inevitably have a limited outlook and socially conservative attitudes. But Sam who has perforce seen far more of the world, regularly displays far more compassion, concern and awareness for the problems of the less fortunate than does his wife.

About Susan (a, Pepys' cookmaid)

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I think there was only one Susan Sarah :)

When she leaves the second time on 24th May 1663,, Sam comments "it seems Susan ... is since she went from me taught to drink," - a reference to her previous employment. When she returns for the third - and last - time, Sam records "Susan beginning to have her drunken tricks, and put us in mind of her old faults".

About Monday 25 May 1663

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Occasionally, I heard the word "fundament" being used humorously as a child, and filed it away for future use.

There's an English expression of contempt for another's competence: "He doesn't know his a**e from his elbow." This could be paraphrased as "He can't distinguish between his fundament and his funny-bone."

About Monday 25 May 1663

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"I am rather surprised that Mrs Pepys has to empty the chamber pots herself."

Remember that "idle slut" Susan, "distracted" with being having taught to drink, was "turned out of doors", ie sacked, by Elizabeth yesterday.

About Friday 22 May 1663

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The tides around the British coast are very complex, depending on the season, the phase of the moon, and whether the moon is near perigee or apogee. A super moon is when a new or a full moon coincides with perigee. the moon's closest approach to Earth in its elliptical cycle.

The tidal ranges are also huge, compared with most places: up to 50 feet, almost as high as in the Bay of Fundy. Here is a link to a picture, compiled from several from the Admiralty website, of a tide graph for my local Port, Tenby, for an entire lunar cycle, the central peak coinciding with a supermoon. The range here can be from as little as 6 feet, to over 30 feet.

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/2...

The UK Admiralty website will show the tides for the next seven days for any registered port in the world if you click on a little yellow dot in the picture.

http://www.ukho.gov.uk/easytide/EasyTide/Select...

The tidal range of the Thames near Seething Lane, next to the Tower of London can be up to about 22 feet.