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Gerald Berg has posted 136 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.

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About Tuesday 29 September 1663

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I assume 'lighten' is lightening. So up Sam goes onto the roof during a thunder storm. A lead roof no less! Slippery and very much a conductor of electricity. Ignorance is bliss.

About Sunday 30 August 1663

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Oxymoron Sam? I was thinking not. Alone, today just means something very different. Today's alone being historically unique? Probably have to do a social history course to parse it fully.

About Thursday 27 August 1663

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"good plank in the river" All very well with the explanation (t.y.) but how did they fast dry the timber? Esp. in as fowl a summer as the one they are experiencing?

About Wednesday 29 April 1663

Gerald Berg  •  Link

Thanks to all for a very fun and sinuously interpretive annotation!

Can't be sudden onset OCD IMO. I assume the ruler is the timber ruler on which he now rules! It mustn't seem unruly, that just won't do.

Rather, a control freak trapped in the age of Lords with King over riding, must control what he may be allowed to control.

About Monday 3 August 1663

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I think not Joe. Petts problem, as I understand it is that he knows the people in the yard too well. They are a community and Pett sounds like a nice guy. Too nice.

About Sunday 2 August 1663

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An interesting point Joe makes on Pepys private dialogue with discipline. I take his musical pursuits to be of a piece with that.

I am curious about the vow reading. I usually take vows to be religiously based. Reading Benedictine in length? Very funny. The two of his I hold in my head are: avoiding drink and avoiding plays. These are more in line with what I would call resolutions. Perhaps his reading of vows is more like an internal pep talk?

And the limiting of plays? What's with that? He talks of the expense but somehow to me (at least) there sounds a moral dimension also. What I can't figure if it's a cultural bias - as in the traditional prejudice with theater being disreputable or something more peculiar to SP?

I should mention a book at this point: The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare by S. Mullaney.

I am imagining that 100 hundred years prior in 1563 Pepy's forebears would have been Catholic?
Not having an English nor a catholic background am I wrong to be still detecting it in Pepys?