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john has posted 169 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Monday 17 September 1666

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"Up betimes, and shaved myself after a week’s growth"

Normality returning after a week of terror, shaving off the fear with the hairs.

About Thursday 6 September 1666

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Calamities tend to mix the various classes of folk. Methinks the labourers were sleepness due to the novelty of being housed in the Navy Office, the insides of which they would probably never have seen otherwise. (I think that the women put sugar in their beer for energy as well as sweetening probably very bitter beer.)

About Tuesday 4 September 1666

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"And in the evening Sir W. Pen and I did dig another, and put our wine in it; and I my Parmazan cheese, as well as my wine and some other things."

Important papers, wine, and cheese -- no doubt hoping for better days.

About Monday 3 September 1666

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These entries dredged up painful memories of when the barn burnt down. (We lost a few horses, all the hay, and most of the grain.) Our protagonists have a fair amount of sang-froid and seem cool-headed, which is what one needs at such times. But I see Elizabeth's reaction to Mercer as a bit much, despite the stress.

About Wednesday 29 August 1666

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Liberation, indeed, SDS: "She freed from her father-in-law’s tyranny, and is in condition to helpe her mother, who needs it" We just imagine what tyranny if Pepys describes it as such.

About Friday 24 August 1666

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Peach, I think "officious little bureaucrat" is unwarranted. It is not an exaggeration to say that, were it not for Pepys, the British Navy would not have attained the power it did.

About Sunday 19 August 1666

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"which is a strange dullness, methinks."
Unsure how to interpret this. The OED lists several meanings (omitting citations, which all go back to before Pepys):

The state or quality of being dull.
1. Slowness or obtuseness of intellect; stupidity.
2. Sluggishness, inertness, inactivity; drowsiness.
3. Gloominess of mind or spirits: now esp. as arising from want of interest.
4. Irksomeness; uninteresting character or quality.
5. Want of sensibility or acuteness (of the senses); want of sharpness, clearness, brightness, distinctness, or intensity (of physical qualities); bluntness, dimness, etc.: see dull a. 2, 6, 7.

About Tuesday 31 July 1666

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"Povy discoursed with me about my Lord Peterborough’s 50l. which his man did give me from him, the last year’s salary I paid him, which he would have Povy pay him again; but I have not taken it to myself yet, and therefore will most heartily return him, and mark him out for a coxcomb."

This passage eludes me. Could someone kindly elucidate?