Friday 31 July 1668

Up, and at my office all the morning. About noon with Mr. Ashburnham to the new Excise Office, and there discoursed about our business, and I made him admire my drawing a thing presently in shorthand: but, God knows! I have paid dear for it, in my eyes. Home and to dinner, and then my wife and Deb. and I, with Sir J. Minnes, to White Hall, she going hence to the New Exchange, and the Duke of York not being in the way, Sir J. Minnes and I to her and took them two to the King’s house, to see the first day of Lacy’s “Monsieur Ragou,” now new acted. The King and Court all there, and mighty merry — a farce. Thence Sir J. Minnes giving us, like a gentleman, his coach, hearing we had some business, we to the Park, and so home. Little pleasure there, there being little company, but mightily taken with a little chariot that we saw in the street, and which we are resolved to have ours like it. So home to walk in the garden a little, and then to bed. The month ends mighty sadly with me, my eyes being now past all use almost; and I am mighty hot upon trying the late printed experiment of paper tubes.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"An account of these tubulous spectacles ("An easy help for decayed sight") is given in "The Philosophical Transactions," No. 37" http://goo.gl/k1S72

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

but mightily taken with a little chariot that we saw in the street, and which we are resolved to have ours like it.

Oh, oh. Sam's going to get a sports car.

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘farce, 1.a. A dramatic work (usually short) which has for its sole object to excite laughter; an interlude . .
[14.. La Vie de St. Fiacre in Mysterès inédits 15 me Siécle (1837) I. 332 Cy est interposé une farsse.]
. . 1668 S. Pepys Diary 31 July (1976) IX. 270 To the King's House to see the first day of Lacy's ‘Monsieur Ragou’‥a Farce . .

2. Something as ridiculous as a theatrical farce; a proceeding that is ludicrously futile or insincere; a hollow pretence, a mockery.
1696 tr. J. Dumont New Voy. Levant 296 The Farce is too gross and visible . . ‘ [OED]

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Monsieur Raggou

Would the audience have not heard "ragout" ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragout

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