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vincent   Link to this

John Evelyn does mention:"...[nov]3 Arived her Majestie Queene Mother in to England, whence she had ben now banished almost 20 years; together with her illustrious daughter the Princesse Henrietta, divers other Prines & noble-men accompanying them..."

vincent   Link to this

"...which made Tom and me good sport..." How one likes to pick on the weak? The diary does let us see other facets of the Mankind;

vincent   Link to this

"...So home to write letters by the post..." I wonder business or pleasure Or keeping the eye to the future?

Pauline   Link to this

"...to be both too good for her, so that we parted with much anger, which made Tom and me good sport."

Horrid! Bating the class of woman most willing to accommodate them in extra-marital pleasure. If only Mrs. Lane had kept a diary! How does she recover from this to go on with the daliances?

Jenny Doughty   Link to this

One wonders, given his recent mention of his 'pain' at his wife's unavailability to him because of her 'old complaint', whether he'd sought out Mrs Lane to relieve him of it. If so, this doesn't quite seem the best way to go about it...

vincent   Link to this

more fodder for..."the vote Mrs pankhurst?"

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

"One wonders, given his recent mention of his 'pain' at his wife's unavailability to him because of her 'old complaint'”,…

Jenny, I find this a persuasive reading. Perhaps he is mad at Betty because she is no longer so available?

JWB   Link to this

sport...
Climb down off PC highhorse. Teasing women is man's greatest pleasure.

Glyn   Link to this

Absolutely right, it's teasing/leg-pulling, and I'm willing to bet that Betty will find a way to get back at him. She seems to be a woman who can look after herself, which is perhaps why Pepys picked on her: she got angry rather than upset. This is playfulness.

I take it that writing letters by the post, means that it was because the post didn't leave every day so he had to meet the schedule (why didn't he write them earlier?)

Pauline   Link to this

...Climb down off PC highhorse...
Not on that horse. They parted with much anger and Sam's only comment is that it was good sport. I hope Glyn is right, that Betty knows where the upper hand lies and how to use it. A diary with Sam's level of self-revelation from her would be an interesting read.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"So home to write letters by the post, and so to bed." Mail could be "posted" late evenings for dispatch.
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3921/?c=...

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