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Louise Hudson has posted 390 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Wednesday 18 October 1665

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“Up, and after some pleasant discourse with my wife (though my head full of business) I out and left her to go home, and myself to the office, and thence by water to the Duke of Albemarle’s, and so back again and find my wife gone.”

Did he ever find out where she was?

“. . . after eating something, to bed, my mind eased of a great deal of figures and castings.”

But no thought of Bess.

About Saturday 7 October 1665

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A. Hamilton: “Don Macahill's remark reminds me that I made a similar suggestion in a book on the defense budget circa 1972. It was called "Helpless Giant" and in the introduction, which I wrote but which was signed by Rep. Les Aspin D Wis., I suggested, as I recall, that members of Congress take down the photographs and models of new weapons systems on their office walls and replace them with pictures of the poor.”

Did they do it? (Rhetorical question)

About Monday 2 October 1665

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“and there going up I did upon the stairs overtake three pretty mayds or women and took them up with me, and I did ‘baiser sur mouches et toucher leur mains’ and necks to my great pleasure”

Too bad there wasn’t a #MeToo movement in Pepys’ time. 17th Century women could certainly have used it.

About Tuesday 15 August 1665

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“It was dark before I could get home, and so land at Church-yard stairs, where, to my great trouble, I met a dead corps of the plague, in the narrow ally just bringing down a little pair of stairs. But I thank God I was not much disturbed at it.”

Good grief! He might have not been “disturbed” by it but I wonder of he stumbled over it or touched it! Even in those days they must have known that the plague was “catching” somehow.. Even if they didn’t know the process of contagion, they must have known that people came down with the plague after being close to someone else who had it or who was dead from it. They knew enough to go away from the city to try to avoid it. Sam seems very cavalier about it despite people dying of plague all around him every day. Well, we know he lived to age 70, so must have managed to avoid it, despite meeting “a dead corpse of the plague.”

About Tuesday 1 August 1665

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“I first to see the bridegroom and bride, and found them both up, and he gone to dress himself. Both red in the face, and well enough pleased this morning with their night’s lodging.”

It’s easy to see why newlyweds have come to prefer going out of town for their wedding night. What cheek!

About Sunday 16 July 1665

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"...Lady Jem. must have something done to her body by Scott before she can be married..."

By the circumlocution I suspect Jem has an imperforate hymen requiring Scott, the surgeon, to perform an hymenotomy. We have no reason to suspect the neck straightening 5 years ago was not a success, and that whatever is now required is minor in that marriage not postponed.


How would anyone know she had an imperforate hymen before she was married?

About Sunday 2 July 1665

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Yes, there are various meanings of "very poor" but Pepys used the phrase. He must have had something in mind. Perhaps Lawson left the widow with much more debt than assets.