Thursday 1 October 1663

Up and betimes to my office, and then to sit, where Sir G. Carteret, Sir W. Batten, Sir W. Pen, Sir J. Minnes, Mr. Coventry and myself, a fuller board than by the King’s progresse and the late pays and my absence has been a great while.

Sat late, and then home to dinner. After dinner I by water to Deptford about a little business, and so back again, buying a couple of good eeles by the way, and after writing by the post, home to see the painter at work, late, in my wife’s closet, and so to supper and to bed, having been very merry with the painter, late, while he was doing his work.

This day the King and Court returned from their progress.

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TerryF  •  Link

The King is back!

In an alternate universe (thanks for the construct, Robert Gertz) men tend to business no matter where the "boss" is.

A. Hamilton  •  Link

having been very merry with the painter, late, while he was doing his work

Hard on the painter, unless he's paid by the hour (your plumber would really enjoy your stories)

Australian Susan  •  Link

"the painter at work, late, in my wife's closet"

So, Bess has been alone all day with a painter (presumably male) and Sam is not bothered? he 's obviously a convival laddish chap, but Sam does not seem to think he if can be "very merry"with the painter, might he not appeal to Bess too........

Xjy  •  Link

Hey, Sam's feeling good! Quids in despite expenses. Two fat juicy eels, full complement at work, a little business outside the office, the painter working for him all day, the wife onside...

Robert Gertz  •  Link

The team is back at full strength...


Since Bess' closet was apparently hung with fabric I wonder just what the painter was doing that took so much time. As for Sam's confidence and lack of jealousy, perhaps it was because he insisted on the poor man coming in when he got home and then working to God knows when. Merry perhaps for Sam...

Anyone get the impression Sam is designing a most elegant and comfortable prison cell for Bess in this elaborate study of hers?

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