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Nicolas has posted 48 annotations/comments since 30 March 2020.

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About Thursday 3 May 1660

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“Praised be forever the Lord of Heaven, who only doeth wondrous things, because his mercy endureth forever.”

Evelyn is quoting Psalms 72:18 and Psalms 136 (every verse) of the Authorised Version (KJV).

About Wednesday 26 May 1669

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In America a hawkish politician is frequently referred to as a warmonger. And when I was in Scotland some years ago I saw a shop with a sign out front: “Drinkmonger”, which is a liquor store.

About Monday 3 May 1669

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"resolve first, and consider it and the fitness of it afterward."

It reminds me of “Marry in haste, repent at leisure”.

About Tuesday 13 April 1669

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It seems Pepys was in love with two women. Of course he couldn’t have both. But he was soon to be a widower. One must wonder whether, after a period of mourning, he did not chase after Deb again, possibly to make her his wife? And if not, why not?

Was her social ranking too low, or perhaps she was already attached by then? Or Deb, knowing what sort of man he was, wouldn’t’ve had him in any case.

About Wednesday 3 March 1668/69

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Pepys claims to have had “a very good night’s rest” but how could he have if he didn’t get to bed till 2am and then felt sleepy during the play?

About Wednesday 3 March 1668/69

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“she-cousin”: I think the masculine is assumed so you’d never see “he-cousin”. The modifier “she” here indicates the exception. In modern usage I’ve seen “she-wolf” and “she-bear” but never in reference to a person. In Roman mythology Romulus and Remus were raised by a she-wolf.

About Tuesday 23 February 1668/69

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Stephane, I’m enjoying your witty and learned commentary. I believe you’ve taken on the mantle of Robt. Gertz.

About Monday 25 January 1668/69

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John Shakespeare (c. 1531 – 7 September 1601), an English businessman in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the father of William Shakespeare, was a glover.

About Wednesday 21 October 1668

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“but he was not within, but I come too late, they being gone before”

“But the man not within”

Pepys is forever going to see someone who is out, so the trip is wasted. So inefficient! No-one could make an appointment? This must’ve been a common practice in the days before telecommunications and just accepted as the cost of doing business.

About Wednesday 16 September 1668

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In today’s entry why didn’t Wheatley censor Sam’s remarks about his activity with Jane. Was it not salacious enough?

About Sunday 21 June 1668

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“but merry and in good humour, which is, when all is done, the greatest felicity of all”

I like it when Sam waxes philosophical, it makes the diary come alive for me because I have the same musings.

About Sunday 24 May 1668

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“…we set out by three o’clock, it being high day”
I took this to mean it was a high day meaning a holy day, and it being Lord’s day today, it might be Whit-Sunday. But since Easter Day was March 22nd this year according to The Diary and Whitsun is the seventh Sunday after Easter, which would fall on May 10th, it couldn’t be, though Pepys made no mention of Whitsun in his entry of May 10th.

About Tuesday 21 April 1668

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“Perhaps not often heard now, but it's not so long ago that one might ask for the reckoning when wanting to pay a restaurant bill. The reckoning is generally the accumulated total of a number of items.”

Thanks Mary K, I’m sure that’s what Sam meant, when he went to settle up after their evening of fun he had a “dear reckoning” meaning he had a big bill to pay. But since he and everyone had a great time and were merry it was okay.