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...Amanda... has posted 3 annotations/comments since 12 May 2020.

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About Monday 20 May 1667

...Amanda...  •  Link

Agreed Louise, it was a different mindset back then. To imagine that 17th c women considered they were oppressed/harrassed etc but did nothing about it is to assume people were stupid/helpless and that's an error. The sense of male entitlement that Sam displays, ie of doing what he wants with women on their own, is what morality, manners and religion is struggling against. The views of the women don't come into his thinking, however, in the case of the married women at least, I hope that they could have instructed the servants not to open the door if they didn't want Sam to come in, and so his attentions were not entirely unwelcome.

About Saturday 11 May 1667

...Amanda...  •  Link

Is Pepys saying that he not only swore at his wife (for which he hopes god will forgive him) but also that he hit her ('bent his fist')? I note he doesn't ask God's forgiveness for that. Seventeenth century male entitlement!