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Ivan has posted 21 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.

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About Wednesday 12 May 1669

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Robert, L & M say in a footnote that the son was named Samuel in honour of the diarist and was eventually cut off with an annuity of £40 because he made a match that Pepys disapproved of. John Jackson, Pall's second son, was born later in 1673.

About Tuesday 11 May 1669

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No mention of Bess forewarning her husband of her intentions this morning either [see yesterday morning] tho' she rises an hour later.

About Monday 10 May 1669

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Mr Pepys gives no indication that his wife forewarned him that she intended to go gathering May-dew in the early hours of the morning. Perhaps that added to his concern.

About Sunday 9 May 1669

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I wasn't quite sure what Pepys meant when he writes that the weather was "so hot as to make me break out here and there in my hands, which vexes me to see - but is good for me."
Does he mean that he perspires heavily [unusual from hands, tho' it happened to me in the tropics] or that pustules/reddening/blisters appear? Perhaps he sees this as good for him as he is getting rid of toxins. Any thoughts?

About Wednesday 24 March 1668/69

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Mr Pepys manages at one and the same time strongly to desire Mrs Jowles and to abuse her in his description of her character!

About Tuesday 2 March 1668/69

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Whatever his doubts all seems to have gone splendidly. Mr Pepys was able to gaze upon a"mighty pretty" womam with no scolding from Bess; there were party games, dancing and singing, and a "noble dinner" plus we hope some fine wines tho' they are not mentioned. Like AS I wish I had been there.

About Monday 1 March 1668/69

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Why does Sam have so many doubts about going ahead with his dinner party the next day? Is it something to do with the death of Sandwich's daughter? Does he feel it is not an appropriate time to be enjoying himself.

About Monday 2 November 1668

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I just wondered why Mr Pepys, after exploring the house and going down to the cellar, felt it necessary to slip away "without taking leave". I take it he hadn't been helping himself to Mr Povy's wine!!

About Sunday 13 September 1668

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L & M reads, "if I can but get them to have a copy taken of them for my future use" which leaves one wondering who the first "them" refers to. His clerks? Wheatley has the word "time" in place of the first "them" which seems to clarify the meaning as the original letters must be returned the next day, but may not be an accurate reading of Pepy's text, of course.

About Tuesday 8 September 1668

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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.