Monday 25 December 1665

(Christmas-day). To church in the morning, and there saw a wedding in the church, which I have not seen many a day; and the young people so merry one with another, and strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and woman gazing and smiling at them. Here I saw again my beauty Lethulier. Thence to my Lord Bruncker’s by invitation and dined there, and so home to look over and settle my papers, both of my accounts private, and those of Tangier, which I have let go so long that it were impossible for any soul, had I died, to understand them, or ever come to any good end in them. I hope God will never suffer me to come to that disorder again.

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cgs   Link to this

"...and strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and woman gazing and smiling at them..."
and remembering the 3 rings of Marriage, engagement, wedding and the third suffer ring

Bergie   Link to this

That "strange to see . . ." comment must be one of the most often quoted bits of the Diary. In the top ten, at least.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"these poor fools decoyed into our condition"
Misery loves company!

Robert Gertz   Link to this


"I should have come to Bruncker's dinner and strangled you with the turkey."

"Bess...You wanted to go home to London early. I was all alone, doing my Duty at Greenwich. Should I have spent Christmas dinner alone in my room as well?"

"PETER?! I want the tape!"

I swear "Heaven" is not what I expected sometimes. St Peter, sighing.

3D-Holigraphic animated images of dinner at Lord Bruncker's, Christmas 1665...

"Haw-haw." image of Sam chuckling whilst urging pretty servant to pour more wine into proffered glass. "Yes, there was that couple..." smacking kiss to pretty servant... "and I thought, as we all did, we marrieds, what happy fools! Haw-haw!"

"Well, I am safe with Abby here." Bruncker beams contentedly. Mrs. Williams frowning at Sam's happy leer..."Indeed, my Lord, you have the best of all worlds, with dear Mrs. W unable to lay a claim on you as wife...Yes, as my Lord Sandwich once told me, if a man has lain with a wench..."

Ummn...He eyes Mrs. W's hard stare...Bruncker's slightly distressed look.

"...Well, an old tale...But you are fortunate to be so free, my Lord."

"You seem quite free, yourself, Mr. Pepys." Abby, coldly. "Your wife is alone in London, I believe...While you continue your bachelor quarters in Greenwich."

"One must bare up under the burden of the King's business, Mrs. Williams. And my wife at least knows her place is to keep to her home...Yes..." Grandiose wave of glass..."I can at least content myself that in my home, I am generally Master. Though of course I suffer at her absence, my suffering is therefore of some limit."

"None at all, Mrs. Pennington might say..."


"STOP TAPE!!" Bess cries.

cgs   Link to this

see SP for another view of bliss.

On Marrying the Wench Lord told me that among his father's many old sayings that he had wrote in a book of his, this is one— that he that do get a wench with child and marry her afterwards is as if a man should ---- in his hat and then clap it on his head.
- Diary, October 7, 1660

Australian Susan   Link to this

A belated happy Christmas to all from a very hot and humid Brisbane.

A.Hamilton   Link to this

And another from one who has just come from dining with a Buchan (indeed, with 5 of them).

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