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jpmrb has posted six annotations/comments since 25 July 2014.

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Second Reading

About Monday 19 October 1663

jpmrb  •  Link

The opening paragraph where Pepys reflects on death and our attitudes towards it may be the best passage — and wisest — that I have read in his diary. May we discover even more delightful highlights to come in this wonderful blog!

About Wednesday 25 December 1661

jpmrb  •  Link

@Bill (& everybody too!) : i guess that here, “fain” is used in the OED meaning defined in A.2.b below:

FAIN (…)
A.A adj.
1.A.1 Glad, rejoiced, well-pleased. Often in phrases, full fain, glad and fain. Const. of; also followed by inf. or subord. clause. Now chiefly dial. or poet. (…)
2.A.2 Const. to with inf. Glad under the circumstances; glad or content to take a certain course in default of opportunity for anything better, or as the lesser of two evils.
b.A.2.b This passes gradually into the sense: Necessitated, obliged.

About Wednesday 24 July 1661

jpmrb  •  Link

A 353 year-old punchline? "This afternoon I hear that my man Will hath lost his clock with my tankard, at which I am very glad." Petty or not petty? Well, all i can say is that i burst out laughing when i read this! Thanks Samuel.