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Louise Hudson has posted 387 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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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.

About Sunday 2 July 1665

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"I hear this night that Sir J. Lawson was buried late last night at St. Dunstan’s by us, without any company at all, and that the condition of his family is but very poor, which I could be contented to be sorry for, though he never was the man that ever obliged me by word or deed." Which means he has no intention of parting with a penny of his 1450L to help the very poor family of a colleague. . Pepys can be tight sometimes.

About Thursday 29 June 1665

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Andrew Hamilton: “This puts me in the camp of those who are skeptical about claims that "the science is settled," and leaves me curious about alternative hypotheses and alternative uses of human resources.” What professional or amateur scientist worth his salt doesn’t take this position? Science is never settled. It deals in probabilities, not absolutes.

About Tuesday 27 June 1665

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CGS says homemakers have gone the way of the buggy whip, but he means female homemakers who have found there are better things to do than be burdened with all the food preparation and clean up. You can be sure it’s a rare man who will step up to the plate, so sharing meals at home with others has become a rarity. Such a shame, how “homemakers” have dropped the ball.