Sunday 14 June 1663

(Lord’s day). Lay long in bed. So up and to church. Then to dinner, and Tom dined with me, who I think grows a very thriving man, as he himself tells me. He tells me that his man John has got a wife, and for that he intends to part with him, which I am sorry for, and then that Mr. Armiger comes to be a constant lodger at his house, and he says has money in his purse and will be a good paymaster, but I do much doubt it. He being gone, I up and sending my people to church, my wife and I did even our reckonings, and had a great deal of serious talk, wherein I took occasion to give her hints of the necessity of our saving all we can. I do see great cause every day to curse the time that ever I did give way to the taking of a woman for her, though I could never have had a better, and also the letting of her learn to dance, by both which her mind is so devilishly taken off her business and minding her occasions, and besides has got such an opinion in her of my being jealous, that it is never to be removed, I fear, nor hardly my trouble that attends it; but I must have patience. I did give her 40s. to carry into the country tomorrow with her, whereof 15s. is to go for the coach-hire for her and Ashwell, there being 20s. paid here already in earnest. In the evening our discourse turned to great content and love, and I hope that after a little forgetting our late differences, and being a while absent one from another, we shall come to agree as well as ever. So to Sir W. Pen’s to visit him, and finding him alone, sent for my wife, who is in her riding- suit, to see him, which she hath not done these many months I think. By and by in comes Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten, and so we sat talking. Among other things, Sir J. Minnes brought many fine expressions of Chaucer, which he doats on mightily, and without doubt he is a very fine poet.1 Sir W. Pen continues lame of the gout, that he cannot rise from his chair. So after staying an hour with him, we went home and to supper, and so to prayers and bed.

  1. Pepys continued through life an admirer of Chaucer, and we have the authority of Dryden himself for saying that we owe his character of the Good Parson to Pepys’s recommendation.

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Australian Susan   Link to this

Today is Trinity Sunday (which Sam doesn't mention). The Lessons he would have heard were Genesis Chapter 1 and Matthew Chapter 3.

Stolzi   Link to this

"such an opinion in her of me being jealous"?

Sam! You WERE! You ARE!

No good coming over all righteous and misunderstood now.

TerryF   Link to this

"but I must have patience. I did give her 40s. &c."

As though he were paying penance.

(He does not say "I gave"....)

Pauline   Link to this

'Sam! You WERE! You ARE!'
Perhaps he admits it with "my trouble that attends it." But, yes, very much forgetting that he has told us again and again these past weeks how wracked he was with jealousy.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Heaven...

"I inspired Dryden...I inspired Dryden. Heh, heh." Sam sings happily.

He inspired Dryden...? Chaucer glares.

***

Sounds like a charming evening...Bess in her pretty riding suit, good conversation in which for once Sir John gets to show off his scholarship. Excepting poor Sir Will P and his gout, a grand time. Wonder if Bess got to join the Chaucer discussion.

"I really think the Wife of Bath is Chaucer's outstanding character. The female equivalent of Falstaff...Don't you think, Sam'l? Sir John?"

"Ha, yes Mrs. Pepys. Exactly so." Sir John beams. "Now if Shakespeare had written 'Merry Wives' with her as Fat Jack's love interest..."

"Who's Bath and what's that about his wife?" Batten hisses to Penn.

***

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So I take it Sam's fear of Bess perceiving his jealousy being that it gives her a little power in the relationship?

TerryF   Link to this

Evidently, RG, he's counting on her forgetting...

SONG TO A FAIR YOUNG LADY, GOING OUT OF THE TOWN IN THE SPRING

by: John Dryden [emended]

Seek not the cause why sullen Spring
So long delays her flowers to bear;
Why warbling birds forget to sing,
And winter storms invert the year:
[Bess] is gone; and fate provides
To make it Spring where she resides.

[Bess] is gone, the cruel fair;
She cast not back a pitying eye:
But left her lover in despair
To sigh, to languish, and to die:
Ah! how can those fair eyes endure
To give the wounds they will not cure!

Great God of Love, why hast thou made
A face that can all hearts command,
That all religions can invade,
And change the laws of every land?
Where thou hadst plac'd such power before,
Thou shouldst have made her mercy more.

When [Bess] to the temple comes,
Adoring crowds before her fall;
She can restore the dead from tombs
And every life but mine recall.
I only am by Love design'd
To be the victim for mankind.

http://www.poetry-archive.com/d/song_to_a_fair_...

dirk   Link to this

The Rev. Josselin's weather report:

"After much rain and great floods, continually wet from April to this time, viz. 19. April(.) good store of grass on most grounds, god good to me in the Sabbath, preached of love, god warm my heart with it, to himself. I heard nothing from the Court this week of any trouble for which I bless god."

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Excellent choice of poem, Terry...

Pity if it's post-1663, I can just imagine Sam reciting it, a pathetic expression...

"...When [Bess] to the temple comes,
Adoring crowds before her fall;
She can restore the dead from tombs
And every life but mine recall.
I only am by Love design’d
To be the victim for mankind."

"Oh..." rapt expression.

"Yes. It only summarizes the burning emptiness of my poor lonely heart." Sam sighs.

"Oh, Mr. Pepys..." Penn's next new maid, the lovely Betty shakes her head as Sam foldes his sheets of paper.

"Yes. You see, Betty. A Clerk of the Acts is like any other man. Same hopes, same dreams...Only a Clerk of the Arts is more...Lonely."

"Oh, Mr.Pepys..."

"Oh, beautious Betty. Pity a lost and lonely soul, abandoned by its mate. Oh, sweet Betty."

"Oh...Mr. Pepys?!"

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celtcahill   Link to this

SACKED !?

For getting married ??

Jealousy ???

This family has a problem with that

Clement   Link to this

sacked for getting married

I am also confused about how marriage would damage John's job performance, but there maybe something obvious to Sam since he doesn't explain further. Any ideas? Surely it's not simply because Tom is jealous.

Mary   Link to this

sacked for getting married.

Perhaps this sounds harsher than it really is. If, for example, part of John's job description is that he lives in, the acquisition of a wife might prove difficult in point of lodging. We just don't know enough about the terms of his employment to be able to judge whether Tom's behavious is reasonable, unreasonable, purely practical or driven by emotion.

TerryF   Link to this

The character of the Parson from the General Prologue of Chaucer's *Caunterbury Tales* (from the "Go to" drop-down menu on the right select "Parson")
http://www.towson.edu/~duncan/chaucer/indexn.htm

John M   Link to this

Sacked for getting married

John's offence may be that he has married without first seeking his master's permission. A master truly was the head of the household. Such was the hierarchical nature of their society.

Bradford   Link to this

Let us not, like some unprincipl'd members of the press or clergy, read only one portion of a statement (or verse) and omit another. Pepys says that Elizabeth

"besides has got such an opinion in her of my being jealous, that it is never to be removed, I fear, @nor hardly my trouble that attends it;@ but I must have patience."

It would appear that he is saying that Elizabeth's perception of his jealousy, and the fact of his jealousy itself, "nor hardly" could ever be removed. ("What, never?" "Well, hardly ever," for you G&S mavens.)
But he scurries past that, and counsels himself to be patient, which manages---o, incredible mixedness of human motives!---to be both good advice and condescending at the same time.

dirk   Link to this

Sacked for getting married

It could simply be that, being a married man now, might be less available for the job -- not 24/7 any more...

in Aqua scripto   Link to this

Apprentices and hired help were always at the whim of their employer, even in the 50's the Armed services would forbid marriage. One had to seek permission of thy C in C for the right to have a legal spouse [ a good reason be that thee have already started population explosion], one could aways have a substitute as long as thee were ready and able to carrying thy weapon , if not and thee reported to the MO , then thee were charged with damaging Military property.
Also Women married, would fail to get work because of the fear of not being at the beck and call of an Employer, 'first' Question asked be "will thee be havin' a kid ? [baby not a baby goat]" .
People were and still are at the mercy of those that employ yee, that is one of the reasons Maisters love the credit card , it has the yanking rope attached.
Remember Sandwich was not informed of Samuells permanent involvement until he moved into the Axe, that garret was about a blind eye to Samuel extra curricular activity. Known but not proven

Paul Dyson   Link to this

Sacked for getting married

Only last week I heard of a young woman being asked at interview with an English legal firm whether she expected to have any spells of leave. As it happens she is unable to have children, so her answer was "No". She was appointed.

Patricia   Link to this

In the first part of the last century, where I live, women teachers had to quit their jobs when they got married, but men could marry and retain their jobs.
It's illegal now to ask a job applicant if she's pregnant or planning to become pregnant, but people still do it. It happened to my DIL just last week. (Not pregnancy--the question by job interviewer.)

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