Tuesday 16 October 1660

This morning my brother Tom came to me, with whom I made even for my last clothes to this day, and having eaten a dish of anchovies with him in the morning, my wife and I did intend to go forth to see a play at the Cockpit this afternoon, but Mr. Moore coming to me, my wife staid at home, and he and I went out together, with whom I called at the upholsters and several other places that I had business with, and so home with him to the Cockpit, where, understanding that “Wit without money” was acted, I would not stay, but went home by water, by the way reading of the other two stories that are in the book that I read last night, which I do not like so well as it.

Being come home, Will. told me that my Lord had a mind to speak with me to-night; so I returned by water, and, coming there, it was only to enquire how the ships were provided with victuals that are to go with him to fetch over the Queen, which I gave him a good account of.

He seemed to be in a melancholy humour, which, I was told by W. Howe, was for that he had lately lost a great deal of money at cards, which he fears he do too much addict himself to now-a-days. So home by water and to bed.

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Paul Brewster   Link to this

so home with him and from thence to the Cockpitt
L&M insert "and from thence"

Paul Brewster   Link to this

'Wit without money'
L&M: “A comedy by John Fletcher, first acted c. 1614 and published in 1639.”

Paul Miller   Link to this

"to the Cockpit, where, understanding that “Wit without money” was acted, I would not stay"

FRANCIS BEAUMONT AND JOHN FLETCHER
English dramatists (1586 - 1616 / 1579 - 1625)

Ask how to live? Write, write, write, anything;
The world's a fine believing world, write news.
- Wit without Money (act II)

Speak boldly, and speak truly, shame the devil.
- Wit Without Money (act IV, sc. 4)

Vow me no vows.
- Wit without Money (act IV, sc. 4)

Whistle, and she'll come to you.
- Wit without Money (act IV, sc. 4)

Let the world slide.
- Wit Without Money (act V, sc. 2)

Charity and treating begin at home.
- Wit without Money (sc. 2)

Let them learn first to show pity at home.
- Wit without Money (sc. 2)

http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc97.html

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Another great quote from "Wit without Money"

The fit ’s upon me now!
Come quickly, gentle lady;
The fit ’s upon me now.
- Wit Without Money. Act v. Sc. 4.
http://www.bartleby.com/100/158.html

I've seen another version of a quote noted above:

Charity and beating begin at home.
- Wit without Money (sc. 2)

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Wit without Money
Now performed in the open ... Yet another aspect of the Restoration
From a web site: 'Despite regular raids by the authorities, playing continued at the Red Bull throughout the 1650s, especially the first half of the decade. There was a raid on 20 December 1649, and a month later, on 22 January 1650, the authorities raided a performance of a play at the Red Bull and arrested eight players, including Andrew Cane, who had been a leader of several companies in the 1620s and 1630s. There was another major raid on 29 December 1654 during a performance of Fletcher's "Wit Without Money", and a raid on 14 September 1655 became violent, with many "broken crowns". This latter raid involved tiremen and musicians as well as actors, and the costumes confiscated by the soldiers were "very rich".'
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2002/1692.html

language hat   Link to this

"but Mr. Moore coming to me, my wife staid at home"
Tsk, tsk. I notice he doesn't mention any tender domestic scenes after his return home in the evening.

vincent   Link to this

There was a play house in Salisbury Court until March of '49:"...During most of 1647, plays were regularly and openly performed at Salisbury Court, the Cockpit, the Fortune, and probably the Red Bull..."
only the Red Bull seems to have survived from Paul Brewsters last annot: I wonder if SP got a taste of the boards here?(Sal: court: that is)
The other Interesting Point The Players were left alone if they sang their Lines: Only know how to use the Common Law?{ writtten in Latin and enforrced by English enforcers:)
{reminds me of one day, on the Parade ground did have clip board and stub of pencil and was challenge by one of the superior inferior sorts w/o commission but with warrant." I did reply " Procrasinating Sar" He doth Reply "Jolly Good! carry on Private"

Emilio   Link to this

The Cockpit

Following up on Vincent's last posting, I've found a site that gives details on Restoration theatres, including floorplans:
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/academic/english/mu...
The Cockpit is an older theatre that is quickly becoming outmoded, so you can find it using the link to "Alternative Theatres" in the site above.

Confusingly, there are actually two Cockpits in London right now. The one today is probably the theatre in Drury Lane that just opened a few days ago, rather than the Cockpit in Whitehall where plays were also sometimes performed. Fortunately, the Background section has pages for both.

Drury Lane: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1238/
Whitehall: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/179/

helena murphy   Link to this

The Italians say "fortunato nel gioco,sfortunato nel amore" or lucky at cards,unlucky in love, therefore Sandwich's loss is a blessing for were it the contrary the implication is he would lose the love of Jemima, a more devastating loss indeed!

David M   Link to this

Does anyone know what sort of card games people played back then? Poker? Cribbage?

Peter   Link to this

Consider the last few days from Elizabeth's perspective ......
Saturday: Sam comes home, gets in a temper because of her untidiness, and breaks the basket, her present from Holland.
Sunday: she ends up at dinner with the boss's wife (possibly OK depending on how they get on) but then they have to go home on a boat in the rain ("home, wet and dirty...").
Monday: the in-laws' wedding anniversary. Sam just drops her of there and goes about his business.
Tuesday: just about to go to the theatre, when Moore turns up and Sam goes out with him instead - and is gone for the rest of the day.
How long will she continue to put up with this?

Peter   Link to this

David M, definitely cribbage. Sam was playing it a few months ago.

Glyn   Link to this

Wherever you have cards (the Devil's playthings), you have card games, you have gambling but I doubt if he was playing cribbage because it is a slow game to lose money on.

Here's a link to some Elizabethan card games (i.e. 60+ years earlier):

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~wew/Tattershall-tb/card...

It's from a website from history enthusiasts based in the "Southwest United States" (wherever THAT is): http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~wew/Tattershall-tb/tatt...

Glyn   Link to this

Phil has created a link to cribbage and also to Handicap in the Entertainment section of Background Information:

http://www.pepysdiary.com/background/?c=games

Nix   Link to this

"based in the 'Southwest United States' (wherever THAT is)" --

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

rooshe   Link to this

Any guesses as to why our Sam chooses not to see "Wit without Money"?
A bit of his puritan background - a comedy doesn't rate as high as a
serious play?
Or is he an indifferent theatergoer - if it's not a great play and/or actor,
he's not interested?
Or does he know this play and he just doesn't like it?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

An avid playgoer, Pepys will come late to “Wit without Money” "which I do not like much" as part of a group in 1663..
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/04/22/

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