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Gerald Berg has posted 57 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.

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About Thursday 20 March 1661/62

Gerald Berg  •  Link

How many days since SP's last drink till drunk cycle? All this year yet? Not that I think he should or anything like that but "as I wished to do so I do" is worthy and liberating. Well done Sam!

About Sunday 23 February 1661/62

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Pepy's missed Montaigne's essay on happiness--

Scilicet ultima semper
Exspectanda dies homini est; dicique beatus
Ante obitum nemo supremaque funera debet.
[“We should all look forward to our last day: no one can be called happy till he is dead and buried.”—Ovid, Met, iii. 135]

About Sunday 16 February 1661/62

Gerald Berg  •  Link

As I say to my English friends as it occurs so frequently in their speech "It's extraordinary how ordinary extraordinary is in England." And here it is as yet not limned.

About Monday 30 December 1661

Gerald Berg  •  Link

"...here I made them a foolish promise to give them one this day twelvemonth, and so for ever while I live, but I do not intend it. "

What's Sam up to here? Promises with no intent to keep. Forever and ever. Go figure!

About Thursday 5 December 1661

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Off topic I know, but with regards to Hamlet:

Horatio was not a friend to Hamlet. He was in the pay of Fortinbras. One of the Danish guards had an uncanny resemblance to Ham's old man -- esp. at night during a storm. So a plot was hatched on the emotionally susceptible Hamlet. One would have to believe in ghosts otherwise. Shakespeare certainly didn't. A perusal of Shakespeare's use of ghosts show in none but Hamlet do others see the victim's apparition.

It was all a Norwegian ruse to regain Denmark. Gertrude and Claudius recognised the threat so hence the hasty marriage. Hamlet was a stooge.

About Thursday 5 December 1661

Gerald Berg  •  Link

What is up with Paynter? First, what great name for a painter! Only thing better would be if his first name was Poytrate. Second, why is he letting SP see it before it is finished? Nothing worse that having an over the shoulder critic. No self respecting painter should allow it.

About Sunday 1 December 1661

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Wot, (as Vicente would say) nothing about the queer phrase "clapping up"? I recall it being around in my youth on the Canadian west coast but not since...

About Friday 8 November 1661

Gerald Berg  •  Link

"scholler" A most unusual spelling! I wonder how a curious spelling (such as this) is worked out via SP's shorthand?