Methought this miserable wet day was one to stay inside the office or home in the Navy compound in Seething Lane; but Pepys is curious enough to leave Elizabeth and make a postprandial dash across the as-yet-unbuilt London to Samuel Cooper's shop in Henrietta St., Covent Gardens, to have a look at her in-small.
Phoenix • Link
Postprandial? Thank you Terry.
Carl in Boston • Link
Preprandial dash, I believe, as this happened before supper. Usually "preprandial" is matched to "cocktail".
LKvM • Link
For what it's worth, prandium means "late breakfast."
The ancient Roman "prandium" was the second breakfast at midday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prandium#Meals Pepys's dash might have been designed as a wake-up activity in the normal metabolic postprandial dip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postprandial_dip (Consider the somnolent hour or two after the midday meal when at school or work?!) However, "postprandial" has come to mean "after eating a meal." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postprandial
Mae • Link
Is Coopers portrait of Elizabeth to be found anywhere nowadays?
Jenny • Link
Mae, it appears to be lost forever. Such a terrible shame.