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About Monday 13 March 1664/65

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Most likely the “light colored locks” were a hairpiece or wig. There were hairpieces and wigs in those days, made of human hair. Women would sell their hair to wigmakers, especially if they were down on their luck.

About Saturday 4 March 1664/65

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Todd Bernhardt: “I wonder why Sam so often makes such a point of not eating a substantial meal until dinner?”

Don’t forget it’s Lent. But if he does it often, it may be what most people did in 1664/65. It wasn’t so easy to grab a snack. It was a big deal to get even one meal on the table.

About Tuesday 21 February 1664/65

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Mary wrote:

a mighty pain in my forefinger...."

“Mrs. Bagwell is, at the very least, playing hard-to-get. Sam's comments about the general misconduct at Court definitely fall into the 'mote and beam' category.”

I wonder if one of his paramours bit it or bent it back. It would have served him right.

About Monday 13 February 1664/65

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Pedro wrote of the Shipping Forecast.

“Terry’s link to the Dogger Bank includes a link to the shipping forecast on BBC Radio 4. Many people including myself without any nautical knowledge, and living as far from the sea as you can in England, regarded this as compulsive listening even after the midnight news.”

Anyone outside GB who is interested can get a sample of the Shipping Forecast here:

About Monday 6 February 1664/65

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Graham T wrote, “The USA is the only major country still using Fahreheit - which is now defined as a sub-standard of Celsius/Kelvin rather than a standard in its own right.”

I beg your pardon, Graham! Fahrenheut IS the standard in the US. Except in scientific circles, temperatures are given in Fahrenheit almost everywhere in the US (or it’s occasiinally given in both Fahrenheit and Celsius) . Having used Fahrenheit my whole life, I have never been able to get my head around Celsius. I have to look it up every time to find out what the “real” temperature is. Everybody knows that 32 degrees is the freezing point of water, and 212 degrees is the boiling point! My sons, on the other hand, who have careers in the sciences, know Celsius like the back of their hands and often give me whithering looks.

About Sunday 5 February 1664/65

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“Lay in bed most of the morning, then up and down to my chamber, among my new books. . .”

This is confusing. What is his chamber? I always thought of a chamber as being a bedroom. But does he mean his “closet”? If so, it seems to be on a different floor than his bedroom.

I try to form an idea of the Pepys house’s floor plan, but I can’t manage it.

About Monday 30 January 1664/65

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“The truth is, my house is mighty dangerous, having so many ways to be come to; and at my windows, over the stairs, to see who goes up and down; but, if I escape to-night, I will remedy it. God preserve us this night safe! So at almost two o’clock, I home to my house, and, in great fear, to bed, thinking every running of a mouse really a thiefe; and so to sleep, very brokenly, all night long, and found all safe in the morning.”

This makes me wonder why he didn’t check his money BEFORE he went to bed. He writes of his closet. Where might it be located? If it’s off the bedroom, why wouldn’t he keep his money there? At least he’d be able to sleep a little better. Didn’t they have door locks in those days? Under what passed for a mattress might have worked, too. Sam doesn’t seem to be too inventive, does he?

As far as I can remember Sam never writes in his diary where he does keep his money.

About Thursday 26 January 1664/65

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Todd Bernhardt:

Poor Elizabeth ... a "tooth ake" could really lead to some painful "remedies" then...

True, there wasn’t much that could be done with a bad tooth in those days except to pull it—without any anesthesia, too. Horrible practice by today’s dentistry standards. Most people right up to the mid 20th century had lost half to all of their teeth before they were 40.