Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sasha Clarkson has posted 139 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Wednesday 30 October 1661
"... a bottle or two of wine ... " They may not have been that big.
About Monday 14 October 1661
"... but lost my labour."
Before modern instant communications, so much time must have been wasted by people chasing each other around.
About Friday 11 October 1661
Sam isn't keen on either of the two Toms (although he holds the Doctor's brother Roger in high regard), so perhaps he is relieved to be able to hide upstairs out of the way while the family duty is done.
About Thursday 3 October 1661
Sam is a normal human being with loves, hates, likes, dislikes and prejudices. Why do we bother to read him?
Firstly, he is a voice from a different age, yet one in which the foundations of our modern world were being laid. Secondly, in a city which was soon to become the centre of a global political and commercial empire, he was in the thick of the political and social action. Thirdly he was intelligent, observant and honest in recording his opinions and impressions, without an eye over his shoulder about how history might judge him.
He was no saint, yet neither was he the most egregious of sinners. One must remember that the diary is a snapshot, and nowhere near the whole truth. Where he clearly dislikes someone, like Peg Kite, there will usually be a history to the relationship, and of course two sides to the story, the detail of which we are largely unaware. So taking sides is pointless: we should merely appreciate the scene painted for us with Sam's broad verbal brush.
About Sunday 29 September 1661
Discoloured sheets in books and manuscripts are also described as "foxed". The discolouration, typically brown, is known as "foxing".
Not so foxed that he don't know that he's foxed! :D
About Saturday 28 September 1661
Sir William has obviously forgiven Sam for his role in the recent practical joke.
Of course Batten, the instigator and hence the real "tankard prankard*", is away at the moment.
* Yes - I know the word doesn't exist, but it should! :)
About Friday 27 September 1661
Quite Bill, :)
.... and earlier on he was being linked to Manchester, which was obviously wrong.
About Saturday 14 September 1661
'Fumifugum': John Evelyn's book about the problem of air pollution in London, with suggested causes and remedies.
About Thursday 12 September 1661
In fact, the prank upon the admiral proves to be a "storm in a tankard", and blows over pretty quickly; even if there was a pause, Sam is soon socialising with Penn and his family again. Indeed, over the course of the diary, it is obvious that Penn enjoys Sam's company and they are often together.
I don't think it helpful to make comparisons with Japan, a different culture with different social norms and command structures: such a prank would not have been played there.