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Louise Hudson has posted 482 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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Third Reading

About Monday 17 September 1660

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I remember when was a child nuns wore voluminous black habits. They had something inside that they often stuck their hand into. It fascinated me at the time. I suspect they wore some kind of detached pocket inside their habits like those described here.

About Sunday 2 September 1660

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Larry B wrote:
“I think Sam is worried he’ll get a venereal disease if daughter Crisp is as friendly to other men as she is to him.”

I can only wonder why. He didn’t seem to worry about venereal disease with the many other women he had sexual contact with.

I wonder if Diana Crisp is just very young and naive and like young girls have always done, being friendly with men visiting her home, without realizing the negative implications. Not sure her age was given.

About Friday 3 February 1659/60

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I read “took her down” as taking her down on the bed. Knowing Pepys’ proclivities with women, this is not out of the question.

About Friday 6 January 1659/60

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I am an American and was raised Roman Catholic. I don’t remember any mention of 12th night in my neighborhood or in my church. I heard about it from my husband, who is British. When I was a child we took down the Christmas decorations on New Year’s Day or the day after, at the latest. It was supposed to be “bad luck” to leave them up any longer. We did hear and sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, but I thought it was a throwback to an earlier time.

Second Reading

About Tuesday 14 January 1667/68

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The poor old man who went back for his blanket. Who could blame him? Blankets weren't easy to get back then. It might have been his only comfort.

About Sunday 15 September 1667

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Robert Gertz: "For a man whose pastimes include maid fondling on a large scale as well as sexual stalking of neighbors and forced sex for employee promotions, it's interesting to see Sam throwing maid/whore accusations about."

The myth of male superiority and the double standard go hand in hand.

About Wednesday 11 September 1667

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"Mrs. Lowther, who is grown, either through pride or want of manners, a fool, having not a word to say almost all dinner; and, as a further mark of a beggarly, proud fool, hath a bracelet of diamonds and rubies about her wrist, and a sixpenny necklace about her neck, and not one good rag of clothes upon her back;"


About Wednesday 21 August 1667

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"Up, and my wife and I fell out about the pair of cuffs, which she hath a mind to have to go to see the ladies dancing to-morrow at Betty Turner’s school; and do vex me so that I am resolved to deny them her. However, by-and-by a way was found that she had them, and I well satisfied, being unwilling to let our difference grow higher upon so small an occasion and frowardness of mine."

I suspect Sam doesn't have anywhere near the control over Elizabeth he thinks he has or should have.

He makes a lot of noise but wields no power. It's all sturm und drang, possibly for his ego and the ears of the help.

About Thursday 8 August 1667

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Larry Bunce on 9 August 2010

Pepys: ...and he tells me that wise men do prepare to remove abroad what they have, for that we must be ruined, our case being past relief, the kingdom so much in debt...

"I have seen websites with this very assessment of the current world situation. Maybe this time it will really happen that way."

Now, 20 years after Larry Bunce's comment and 563 years after Pepys' we've got similar assessments of the world--and to make things even worse, in 2020 we are in the midst of a worldwide plague.

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

About Saturday 27 July 1667

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“Charles owned only four children by Lady Castlemaine-Anne, Countess of Sussex, and the Dukes of Southampton, Grafton, and Northumberland. The last of these was born in 1665. The paternity of all her other children was certainly doubtful. See pp. 50,52.”

How in the world could they establish paternity in those days before they even had so much as blood typing? Was it all decided by opinion? Why was the paternity of all of Lady Castlemaine’s children “doubtful”? Doubtful to whom. Was that based solely on the opinion or doubts of the King? How bloody convenient!

About John Unthank

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There was a boy in my high school graduating class (in New Jersey) whose name was Unthank. I thought it was an unusual name at the time but I never looked into its origins. it's interesting to know that it's prevalent in the North of England. I have never come across the name other than that one boy, and, of course, in Pepys' diary.

About Friday 5 July 1667

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“ I am vexed to hear that Nan Wright, now Mrs. Markham, Sir W. Pen’s mayde and whore, is come to sit in our pew at church, and did so while my Lady Batten was there. I confess I am very much vexed at it and ashamed.”

Why are women called whores but men are not when they are doing the same thing? Sam is “vexed” about someone he sees as a whore sitting in his pew but he has no problem with a whore of a different color sitting there.

About Thursday 20 June 1667

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“Our gold”. This makes me wonder what would have happened to the gold and money Pepys had accumulated if Elizabeth had outlived him. In those days nobody thought of “his” money automatically going to the wife when he died. I doubt she even knew how much he had. He could will his fortune and even household goods to other people. Even if he left most of it to her, would she know have known how to handle it? Would he have likely designated a male relative or friend or colleague to handle it for her? Whom might he have chosen? I don’t remember him mentioning writing a will in his diary.

About Saturday 8 June 1667

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Robert Gertz:
"So to the office, we all sat all the morning, and then home to dinner, where our dinner a ham of French bacon, boiled with pigeons, an excellent dish."

Caught fresh outside, no doubt...

Oh, well, with disaster a stone's throw away, might as well enjoy a good boiled pigeon.

It wasn't unusual to eat pigeons in Pepys’ time and up to the present day, though now they’re called squabs. Remember “Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”? That was apparently good eats.

About Tuesday 28 May 1667

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“If we are to credit the following paragraph, extracted from the “Morning Post” of May 2nd, 1791, the virtues of May dew were then still held in some estimation; for it records that “on the day preceding, according to annual and superstitious custom, a number of persons went into the fields, and bathed their faces with the dew on the grass, under the idea that it would render them beautiful” (Hone’s “Every Day Book,” vol. ii., p. 611). Aubrey speaks of May dew as “a great dissolvent” (“Miscellanies,” p. 183).—B.”

Nothing has changed in 363 years! The fountain of youth just costs more. Results are about the same.