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About Monday 18 September 1665

mountebank  •  Link

That's a helpful annotation Terry and answers the main question that occurred to me as I was reading through the entry: with such a haul of captured ships surely this was going to be a bonanza for Sandwich. Seems not.

About Sunday 17 September 1665

mountebank  •  Link

Sam's use of "Vacation" makes me wonder what arrangements there were for holiday. I suppose with his role being somewhat freelance, he could go away if he arranged time in his schedule. Although his "holidays" largely seem to be visiting family rather than going to somewhere interesting/relaxing to get away from it all.

About Sunday 10 September 1665

mountebank  •  Link

Like Adam wrote above a decade ago, this:

"but the receipt of this newes did put us all into such an extacy of joy, that it inspired into Sir J. Minnes and Mr. Evelyn such a spirit of mirth, that in all my life I never met with so merry a two hours as our company this night was"

made me immediately think that everyone is so wound up with death all about, the war, and other stresses, that a suitable trigger easily tips them into hysterical joy.

There have even been signs over the past couple of weeks of Pepys making jokes in the diary which is something that is often noticeably lacking.

About Friday 2 June 1665

mountebank  •  Link

Actually, having just searched for "petal" I'm reminded it is also used for grown up women, particularly when referring to a partner.

About Friday 2 June 1665

mountebank  •  Link

I do have a recollection of "flower" being used as a term of endearment for "girl" in British English. The word "petal" was and is used in that sense. Both being applied to young girls, hopefully much younger than Sam's "fairest flower".

About Thursday 13 April 1665

mountebank  •  Link

Following on from Linda F, maybe Sam was afraid of jigging about and having farts shaken out of him in front of all and sundry.

About Wednesday 12 April 1665

mountebank  •  Link

I go along with the comments above about the bed scene indicating that Sam could be a great deal of fun.

But it does bring to mind one thing that I find strange about the diary, and that's a lack of humour. In writing a [n extremely dull] diary for more than a decade I never miss the chance to include the humorous stuff, puns, absurdities, wryness, etc, because it just seems such an essential part of life. With Sam's evident playfulness, to me it would have been natural to see him do similar but there doesn't seem to be much sign of it. (It does make me wonder though whether the diary is teeming with 17th C humour that is simply invisible to us.)

About Friday 24 March 1664/65

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"The beggars are coming to town ... some in jags"

Since "jag" is slang for a Jaguar car (a high-end "British" motor), this reads amusingly to the modern eye.