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About Tuesday 13 January 1662/63

Bridget Davis  •  Link

This might be one of my favorite entries so far. I found it delightful and full of those details I love so much. I think Sam calling Elizabeth "poor" was in reference to yesterday - he realized that he must have been hard on her, for her to rise at so early (pitch dark).
I don't believe Sam was bragging at all tonight, though he probably will later. He admits that his dining room was too smoky for guests and that must have been embarrassing, especially after all that recent work on the house.
I think that our young man is simply pleased that he threw a successful grown-up dinner party.
And as for Bess? Showing off her newly remodeled house (with substantial dining table and hired chef) might have been one of the nights of her life.
I too was curious on how this party came about. Does anyone recall the date Sam first mentioned it?

About Thursday 8 January 1662/63

Bridget Davis  •  Link

It seems odd to me that Sam (or anyone) would get so excited about a play he had not seen that he would hire a smith to break open a clothes chest just to make it to the theater. Was it because it was opening night?