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Louise Hudson has posted 479 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.


About Monday 11 January 1663/64

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Even if laundry was done only once a month or once every six months in the Pepys household, I'll bet underclothes and bed linen were washed every time whether they needed washing or not.

About Sunday 10 January 1663/64

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Sam and Beth turned their noses up at Swan at Uncle Wight's on New Year's day and would have none of it. I thought at the time that they thought Swan was beneath them. I guess not.

About Saturday 9 January 1663/64

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Todd Bernhardt asks "What was he thinking?" We know what he was thinking!

Arby is probably right, it's a cold sore or a chancre. Let's hope it's herpes simplex and not syphillis, which was rampant then--and often fatal.

About Friday 8 January 1663/64

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Bryan M, you took the words right out of my mouth, though I always heard it as "The little dog laughed to see such sport
. . ."

The original Mother Goose Rhymes wasn't published until about 1780, though the individual rhymes were probably widely known before that.

About Wednesday 6 April 1664

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Such a sad story. I suppose Sam and Elizabeth could have taken the child in, but perhaps that was not the done thing. If Tom was the father, Sam and Elizabeth would have been the child's uncle and aunt. Pal would have also been the child's aunt. Instead the child probably died from neglect, as so many illegitimate babies did in those days. It would take nearly another 100 years for London to get its first foundling hospital (Coram's) not that countless babies didn't still die of neglect, but it helped a little. Coram's is now open to the public as a museum. Worth a visit.

About Sunday 3 January 1663/64

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"Lay long in bed, and then rose and with a fire in my chamber . . ."

I thought for a moment he was going to say "with a fire in my loins." As Emily Latella would say, in another century, "That's very different. Never mind."

About Thursday 31 December 1663

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I guess you could call us Pepys' peeps.

Peeps is slang for friends--the people that someone hangs out with all the time.


About Thursday 31 December 1663

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Glyn wrote: "Just for the record, 'old Pall' is currently 23 years of age."

Yes, about the same age as "old Liz" and six years younger than Sam.

About Friday 1 January 1663/64

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"She's reckoned worth 80,000l."

Sam might not care much if she has dirty hands.

"There was brought to table a hot pie made of a swan . . ."

I hear it tasts fishy and not very nice, which is probably why it is seldom eaten, especially these days,

About Wednesday 23 December 1663

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Anyone who has experienced the excruciating pain of a bad toothache knows that the sufferer often can't tell which tooth is the culprit or even which side it's on. Every tooth in the mouth hurts. One of the things it's so hard to know is the pain people suffered because modern dentistry had not been developed, along with other medical advances they had no access to in the 17th century. As Thomas Hobbes was to say only a few years later.
". . . the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."

And pain, and often not nearly short enough.

About Saturday 19 December 1663

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Bradford on 19 Dec 2006
"God knows, the expectation of profit will have its force and make a man the more earnest."

As Mae West might have put it, "Godliness has nothing to do with it, dearie."

It was "goodness," not "godliness."

"Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie", was her response to the exclamation, "Goodness! What lovely diamonds!" in Night After Night (1932). She later used Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It as the title of her autobiography in 1953.

About Tuesday 15 December 1663

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". . . my cozen, Edward Pepys, was dead, died at Mrs. Turner’s, for which my wife and I are very sorry, and the more for that his wife was the only handsome woman of our name."

Yikes, was that as much sorrow over the death of a cousin that he and his wife could come up with?

About Monday 7 December 1663

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Australian Susan: "I actually envy Beth being able to snuggle up in bed and stay cosy warm with a good book: the equivalent here is being able to lie about in the air-con whilst others get sweaty and smelly."

I don't think lying in bed when you're sick or in pain is any kind of pleasure. It's nothing like playing hooky. In fact, I've found it dreadful. I doubt Beth is taking a nice day off. She's most likely in a great deal of pain and would give anything to be able to be up and doing something instead of being bedbound. Even the agricultural workers who stayed in bed to save on heat couldn't have been having a pleasant time of it.

About Sunday 6 December 1663

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My Dad, my brother, my husband, my sons, just about all the men I've known, have dressed themselves since the were old enough to do it for their whole lives. What did Sam need a boy to do to help him dress? Just run and fetch or was there more to it?

About Saturday 5 December 1663

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Carbon monoxide can be produced by anything burning, including wood and ordinary coal. A stopped up fireplace or stove flue can create dangerous levels of CO. It's horrifying to think of the lethal conditions that people didn't understand in Pepys' time, and, in fact, for many years after.

About Wednesday 2 December 1663

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In those days people with toothache--and it must have been common--just had to grin and bear it. It must have been excruciating. They had opiates, though.

The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient civilizations used a "chew stick," which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These 'chew sticks' were rubbed against the teeth.
The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. The bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.

* The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780.

* Mass production of toothbrushes began in America around 1885.…