✹ About Saturday 4 February 1664/65 Michael Powell on 29 Jan 2018 • Link My feeling is that Elizabeth is partly using this episode to show that at least she can wield *some* power within the household, even given the limitations of the time. Sam bows to this even though he is not necessarily in agreement. No doubt he will assert his authority in more important matters. Very interesting though, this kind of background, and shows that even though 17thC society was very patriarchal, women did work around this in some ways. A pity she didn't leave a diary for us!