Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Ivan has posted 12 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.
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About Tuesday 8 September 1668
I remember well my old Latin teacher illustrating the different uses of "shall" and "will". First, we have the normal future use expressed by a drowning man:1. I shall drown and no-one will save me!Now invert them and you have the suicidal man:2. I will drown and no-one shall save me!You can clearly hear the determination to die in Sentence 2. I hope such nuances in English will never be lost tho' I suspect they will, unfortunately.
About Friday 17 April 1668
Mr Pepys, Captain Rolt, and Knepp certainly enjoyed themselves in the tavern and our hero appears to have spent sixteen shillings and sixpence on drink. A considerable sum. I hope the others bought their rounds!
About Thursday 16 April 1668
Mr Pepys spends one shilling on Mrs Martin and does what he would with her. Then during or after his walk he spends one shilling on a ribbon. I wonder who that was for?
About Wednesday 15 April 1668
Mr Pepys does not want to be seen by Creed at the playhouse but quite content to go drinking with him in the evening. I wonder if they both managed to avoid mentioning the performance of The Maid's Tragedy they had both seen, but apparently unaware of each other's presence. Oh to have been a fly on the wall of the Cock alehouse!
About Tuesday 7 April 1668
Why does Mr P hate face paint so much? It seems almost pathological.
About Monday 7 October 1667
As an inhabitant of Enfield I would very much like to know where exactly Mr Pepys and company took their refreshment in Enfield on this "foul, bad day". Does anyone know?
About Samuel Pepys' Playlist on BBC Radio 4
One of the contributors describes "Beauty Retire" as "haunting" but to my ears it sounded heavy and ponderous. However my musical knowledge and maybe appreciation is very limited!
About Monday 20 August 1666
The Adventures of five hours must be a superb play indeed, if by its side Othello "seems a mean thing." I am afraid I have never heard of Sir Samuel Tuke's magnificent comedy nor its author, sad to say. Posterity has valued Shakespeare's Othello rather higher on the scale of dramatic masterpieces than Tuke's Adventures, however. I look forward to Sam's next literary bon mots!
About Friday 17 August 1666
"making an end of The Adventures of five houres, - which when all is done, is the best play that ever I read in my life."
Literary criticism is not Sam's forte, is it? His judgement of plays he reads and sees is often very eccentric to say the least.
About Saturday 19 May 1666
Could someone who understands such matters perhaps consult Deane's manuscripts in Pepy's library in Cambridge and report back? Then the mystery of the method Deane used could be cleared up rather than argued about.