Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Gerald Berg has posted 53 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.
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About Thursday 5 December 1661
Thanks all! Duh... it was the capital P that deuced me.
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.
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 Wednesday 4 December 1661
"out of tune" Curious whether he means flat or sharp of perfect mood?
About Sunday 1 December 1661
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
"scholler" A most unusual spelling! I wonder how a curious spelling (such as this) is worked out via SP's shorthand?
About Thursday 7 November 1661
In the film The Great Train Robbery there was a fantastic scene with ringside bets being placed on how long it would take a terrier to kill a set amount of rats. That dog wasted no time! Grab it by the neck, shake vigorously till it snaps and move on.
The film Paint Your Wagon had a sign announcing an upcoming ringside event of a bull versus bear fight. Unfortunately (or fortunate) you don't get to fully appreciate the battle royale. It also has a most edifying scene of Clint Eastwood trying to sing a song. He loses.
About Sunday 3 November 1661
In Cuba most meats are (were?) under government control and so inaccessible to all but the few. Chickens were not. However, they were so skinny that the locals referred to them as being "pre-cooked".
About Tuesday 1 October 1661
And brawn beats brains.
About Monday 30 September 1661
"But I, as I am in all things curious,.."
I would surmise the chains brought out the guns. Very clever Spaniards...