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Louise Hudson has posted 353 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Friday 13 January 1664/65

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“. . . his wife, Jane, and a sweetheart of hers”.

Note that this is a word SP uses to identify Jane’s companion. There is no indication that Jane called the person “sweetheart,” or referred to him or her with that word. It is purely SP’s opinion.

As for Peg Penn “wearing spots” in could have been a fabric with a pattern of dots, which might have been a new fashion phenomenon in those days.

About Monday 2 January 1664/65

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This is what happens in a patriarchal society. Sam does as he pleases and Elizabeth is supposed to do as he says without complaint. Glad she manages to get back at him occasionally, though it’s not often enough.

I remember another instance where a dog was brought in to mate and Sam became jealous of the male dog’s sexual opportunities. Sam helped by holding the female down. It got Sam all hot and bothered.

About Saturday 7 January 1664/65

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Miss Ann, wrote, “it would have caused great "interest" amongst my neighbours if I had a male visitor everytime my husband went to sea. Considering the formal niceties.”

Mrs Batten’s neighbors would have been “interested” and also critical of her but there would have been little criticism of her visitor. Men will be men, after all.

About Sunday 1 January 1664/65

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Austrelian Susan: “RG's note and also Tony's remarks about spreadsheets have reminded me of this: my younger daughter worked for a time in an Adult Store. It was called Wild Concepts, but traded as Technical Services Pty Ltd so any credit card purchases looked oh so innocent on credit card statements which might be seen by a wife's vigilant eye......”

Men! In cahoots then, in cahoots now.

About Thursday 29 December 1664

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Makes you wonder why Sam and his colleagues didn’t think of bricks and planks of wood to hold books, much beloved by university students today. Bricks and planks must have been easily available in Sam’s day and would have worked as bookcases before he could afford to have bepoke ones made. All it would have taken was to requisition some bricks and planks and use a little ingenuity. Even Sam, who felt above getting his hands dirty with manual labor, could have pulled it off or had his boy do it.

Choosing to skip the dinner with Sir Penn and the officers in order to eat at home and rearrange his papers, I can easily identify with.

About Wednesday 28 December 1664

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Todd Bernhardt: “Something tells me that the black eye has been a defining point in their relationship. In a twisted kind of way, this is a good thing, because it shows that such violence is not an everyday occurrence between them.”

Oh, yes, a black eye every few weeks or so should be seen as acceptable behavior from a husband.

Elizabeth sounds depressed to me. Bad sleeping patterns are a good indication: up all night, sleeping most of the day. She has good reason to be depressed.

About Wednesday 21 December 1664

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Well, she is his cousin, so maybe he draws the line at family members. That she’s family doesn’t stop him from denigrating her: “we were glad to be rid of her, she fouling our house of office mightily.” Sam, Sam, Sam!

About Wednesday 21 December 1664

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“I to Mrs. Turner’s, in Salsbury Court, and with her a little, and carried her, the porter staying for me, our eagle, which she desired the other day, and we were glad to be rid of her, she fouling our house of office mightily.”

Apparently Mrs Turner gave Pepys the old heave-ho.

About Monday 19 December 1664

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Who “corrected” the husbands, I wonder. It seems that this particular husband needed a lot more correcting than the wife did. Might makes right, I guess.

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose