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First Reading

About Thursday 23 May 1667

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Thanks for the full text, Terry. Could someone provide a translation? I get most of it, but like Sue, I am wondering how they got outside...

And Robert, Sam's in no danger of getting the pox from Meg, given the extent of their activities...

About Thursday 23 May 1667

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Wow. Even with the ellipses, it seems pretty clear that Sam is bold beyond reason. It's almost like he *wants* to get caught...

About Saturday 18 May 1667

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"she was a very drudging, working wench, only she would be drunk"

Well, you know, a little drink makes the drudgery a little more tolerable...

About Thursday 16 May 1667

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Could someone please explain exactly what's going on with the brothers Moyer? I'm afraid Sam lost me here...


About Tuesday 14 May 1667

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"After dinner comes Fist, and he and I to our report again till 9 o’clock, and then by coach to my Lord Chancellor’s..."

Given all that happens after this sentence, I wonder if either the number above is a transcription error (what do L&M say?), or he's saying that this is the time in the future that they stopped working on the report, and that all that happened (the aborted Tangier meeting, etc.) occurred during a break in that work?

About Friday 26 April 1667

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Weighing in late on this -- I'm behind in my Pepys, as unfortunately happens to me too frequently lately -- but I will add that IIRC it's biographer's Claire Tomalin's theory that Pepys decided to preserve the Diary only after re-reading it in his 60s.

About Monday 22 April 1667

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I haven't read "Nathaniel's Nutmeg," but have read Milton's "Samurai William," and found him (FWIW) to be an engaging and entertaining writer of history ... thanks for the recommendation, Ralph.

About Tuesday 16 April 1667

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"There is more wit in it than goes to ten new plays." I know the feeling, Sam. One Billy Wilder film is worth at least 100 of today's movies ... they don't make 'em like they used to.

About Wednesday 3 April 1667

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"This put as all into a stound" -- fantastic. I hadn't known that "stound" was a noun. Of course, seeing it used this way, I am now astounded I didn't realize that sooner.

About Sunday 24 March 1666/67

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"So he and I parted, and I to Martin’s, where I find her within, and su hermano and la veuve Burroughs. Here I did demorar toda the afternoon bezando las and drank; and among other things, did by trick arrive at tocando el poil la thing the veuve above said."

Translation, please? Thank you.

About Thursday 21 February 1666/67

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DJC, I think your POV makes sense. But I wonder if it was not such much a court atmosphere (as you reference in your first post) as a large public administration space with many types of business being simultaneously transacted -- in the U.S., it'd be something like a Dept. of Motor Vehicles office, perhaps, or the lobby of a large bank...? (As you reference in your second post.)

About Saturday 9 February 1666/67

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Glad to see Cap. Rolt is able to help Sam overcome any buyer's remorse! £12 was a lot of money then ... (come to think of it, you could get a really accurate watch for less than that now!)

About Site statistics 2009

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Phil -- thank you so much for everything you do. You should be very proud of the site, and community, that you've built here through your vision, skill and persistence.