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Gerald Berg has posted 168 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.

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About Monday 11 July 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Methinks Sam uses "poor" in reference to his wife a bit too much. I wonder the ratio negative to positive? 10 to 1?

About Monday 4 July 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Just for the record: Washington freed his slaves but not his wife's. She kept hers and therefore was able to buy her own earrings. Does that work for everyone?

How about that Lizzy talk back! Go girl!

About Friday 24 June 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

So, for most people at the time, you would wake up in the middle of the night and have no idea whether it is 11PM or 4AM. Talk about torture in the night!

About Monday 6 June 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Prynne. What a wonderfully cantankerous character and right up unto the end. That shows some will power! Hats off er... not. I'd wear a hat too if I didn't have ears. Curious punishment. Whatever does "losing the rest of his ears" imply?

About Friday 6 May 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

I would imagine a joiner wouldn't be using nails. Hence, joining the wood? I doubt they could make a nail fine enough (for cabinetry) in those days. What about spikes? Did they have them?

About Wednesday 20 April 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Who does Sam think he is fooling.? Why would Mrs. Herbert et al wish to think any better of Sam? What would be the point?
What we need is R Gertz to tell us what Mrs. Herbert really thought of it all...

About Thursday 14 April 1664

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Not to be too unkind to DT JWB but he failed his own words rather miserably by killing his light with alcohol. The poem is way too sentimental and unrealistic about the need for death to come. I am sure he realised that in the end.
It is my hope that Pepys senior gets a second wind. I would put this present diminishing to having a child die before oneself. That has to be a brutal experience.