Tuesday 1 September 1668

Up and all the morning at the office busy, and after dinner to the office again busy till about four, and then I abroad (my wife being gone to Hales’s about drawing her hand new in her picture) and I to see Betty Michell, which I did, but su mari was dentro, and no pleasure. So to the Fair, and there saw several sights; among others, the mare that tells money,1 and many things to admiration; and, among others, come to me, when she was bid to go to him of the company that most loved a pretty wench in a corner. And this did cost me 12d. to the horse, which I had flung him before, and did give me occasion to baiser a mighty belle fille that was in the house that was exceeding plain, but fort belle. At night going home I went to my bookseller’s in Duck Lane, and find her weeping in the shop, so as ego could not have any discourse con her nor ask the reason, so departed and took coach home, and taking coach was set on by a wench that was naught, and would have gone along with me to her lodging in Shoe Lane, but ego did donner her a shilling … and left her, and home, where after supper, W. Batelier with us, we to bed. This day Mrs. Martin come to see us, and dined with us.

  1. This is not the first learned horse of which we read. Shakespeare, “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” act i., SC. 2, mentions “the dancing horse,”’ and the commentators have added many particulars of Banks’s bay horse.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M transcribe a little "business" elided above.

"..., but ego did donner her a shilling and hazer her tocar mi cosa and left her, and home,... "

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘naught adj. . . 2. a. Morally bad, immoral; wicked. Occas. also in weakened sense: naughty. Now arch. and rare.
. . 1603 M. Drayton Barrons Wars iii. iii. 49 A man as subtile, so corrupte, and naught.
1656 R. Sanderson Serm. (1689) 487 Where the Gods are naught, who can imagine the Religion should be good.
1707 G. Farquhar Beaux Stratagem ii. 13 Stay, stay, Brother, you shan't get off so; you were very naught last Night . .

b. With reference to sexual behaviour: promiscuous, licentious. Cf. nought adj. 1c. Obs.
. . 1617 T. Middleton & W. Rowley Faire Quarrell v. sig. I, I say shee's naught.‥ Your intended Bride is a whore.
1693 W. Congreve Old Batchelour iii. ii. 28 I'll never see you again, 'cause you'd have me be naught.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"that was exceeding plain, but fort belle"
I am a little confused now!

Jenny   Link to this

"exceedingly plain". Probably a very pretty girl, without lace, paint, patches, a satin dress and silk shoes, ringlets and curls..... Sam has rather a penchant for pretty girls without the added contrivances of beauty seen at court and in his own circle.

chris   Link to this

See also Ophelia to Hamlet after his very ugly behaviour:"You are naught You are naught. I'll mark the play"(Act III Sc. ii. l.152)

Chris Squire   Link to this

‘plain, adj.1 Etym: < Anglo-Norman playn, . .
. . 13. Simple or unpretentious in behaviour, manners, or expression; homely, unaffected. Now rare.
. . 1667 S. Pepys Diary 20 Sept. (1974) VIII. 443 And endeed [she] is, as I always thought, one of the modest, prettiest, plain women that ever I saw.
. . 14. Simple in dress or habits; clothed or living plainly; not luxurious or ostentatious; frugal.
. . 15. Having no special or outstanding qualities; not exceptionally gifted or cultured; simple, ordinary, unsophisticated.
. . 16. Not high-ranking; lowly, humble, common.
. . 17. Of ordinary appearance; not beautiful or good-looking; homely; euphem. unattractive.’ [OED]

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

"This day Mrs. Martin come to see us, and dined with us".
Is this really Betty Martin? If so, Sam is pushing his luck to a frightening degree.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

Thanks Jenny and Chris Squire.

Geoff Hallett   Link to this

Toured the Palace of Westminster last week. When Sam says 'I to Westminster Hall, Parliament was sitting' gave me the impression it was used for that purpose. More experienced annotators will know that the hall used for Parliament was St Stephens Hall which leads off the top left hand corner of the Hall. It is very narrow which lead to the close confrontational debate we still see today. Originally St Stephens Chapel used by Monarchs for worship was given to the State in 1550 and converted into a debating chamber. The guide told us Pepys used to have his shirts made in Westminster Hall probably at Mrs Martins the draper.

JWB   Link to this

Mrs Martin...

What more innocent than his draper visiting to inspect the new hangings.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Guess who's coming to dinner...

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