Gerald Berg has posted 413 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.
9 Sep 2016, 6:17 p.m. - Gerald Berg
So the sight of sluts turned his stomach. Poor Pepys! What first turned to get him there?
31 Aug 2016, 6:32 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Oxymoron Sam? I was thinking not. Alone, today just means something very different. Today's alone being historically unique? Probably have to do a social history course to parse it fully.
28 Aug 2016, 6:10 p.m. - Gerald Berg
"good plank in the river" All very well with the explanation (t.y.) but how did they fast dry the timber? Esp. in as fowl a summer as the one they are experiencing?
16 Aug 2016, 5:57 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Do you mind?
12 Aug 2016, 7:30 a.m. - Gerald Berg
Thanks to all for a very fun and sinuously interpretive annotation!
Can't be sudden onset OCD IMO. I assume the ruler is the timber ruler on which he now rules! It mustn't seem unruly, that just won't do.
Rather, a control freak trapped in the age of Lords with King over riding, must control what he may be allowed to control.
6 Aug 2016, 1:08 a.m. - Gerald Berg
I think not Joe. Petts problem, as I understand it is that he knows the people in the yard too well. They are a community and Pett sounds like a nice guy. Too nice.
6 Aug 2016, 12:23 a.m. - Gerald Berg
An interesting point Joe makes on Pepys private dialogue with discipline. I take his musical pursuits to be of a piece with that.
I am curious about the vow reading. I usually take vows to be religiously based. Reading Benedictine in length? Very funny. The two of his I hold in my head are: avoiding drink and avoiding plays. These are more in line with what I would call resolutions. Perhaps his reading of vows is more like an internal pep talk?
And the limiting of plays? What's with that? He talks of the expense but somehow to me (at least) there sounds a moral dimension also. What I can't figure if it's a cultural bias - as in the traditional prejudice with theater being disreputable or something more peculiar to SP?
I should mention a book at this point: The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare by S. Mullaney.
I am imagining that 100 hundred years prior in 1563 Pepy's forebears would have been Catholic?
Not having an English nor a catholic background am I wrong to be still detecting it in Pepys?
21 Jul 2016, 10:47 p.m. - Gerald Berg
No way would that be me.
20 Jul 2016, 7 p.m. - Gerald Berg
I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
Well, did he?
What a great entry. Feeling guilty? Sure, but no filling the entry with whining about having sinned against God for his filthy, disgusting lustfulness. I know that's how I would've done it if I were then!
I even think he would've respected her in the morning.
18 Jul 2016, 12:37 a.m. - Gerald Berg
The Queen? Really? Not Lady Castlemaine?
What do you call sporting with the Queen?
14 Jul 2016, 5:08 p.m. - Gerald Berg
"before I sleep fancying myself to sport with Mrs. Stewart with great pleasure."
What sort of sport and to what end pray tell?
7 Jul 2016, 10:11 p.m. - Gerald Berg
R Gertz "a little grovelling" is a misinterpretation I feel.
Isn't this a kind of look see for Pepys into what Batten graft results in? Good luck has it, he gets along with the man's wife. I recall it happening on another occasion with milady.
The boat, she sails on.
28 Jun 2016, 11:22 p.m. - Gerald Berg
"collation of great mirth" Hmmm, sounds like a party!
RE: blind beggar - He built this house! No wait, he built that outhouse.
14 Jun 2016, 1:09 p.m. - Gerald Berg
So finally, the smoking gun of Elizabeth's dissatisfaction with Ashwell and the irony is the Sam is completely oblivious. Ashwell is Sam's intellectual equal in a way that Elizabeth can't be.
Has Sam ever described Ashwell because I haven't a clue what she looks like? All I know is Sam isn't tempted by her otherwise we would've heard about it. Poor Elizabeth can't win for losing.
3 Jun 2016, 1:14 a.m. - Gerald Berg
Sorry, should read "speech impediment". Up betimes...
3 Jun 2016, 1:10 a.m. - Gerald Berg
I was remembering Tom's speak impediment along with the visitudes of class coupled with disability. Not sure exactly what that would entail but I would imagine Tom's range of friendship options would be restricted. Sam's observation but evidence thereof?
18 May 2016, 3:36 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Liz seems to be having a good time for once!
WR the green demon I noticed that Sam did not make a vow (or renew his vow) to remain faithful to Liz. He has been very good with his theatre vows, so it is not that he is weak willed. I take this self criticism with more than a grain of salt and of very little worth. Well deserved discomfiture IMHO.
18 May 2016, 3:15 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Loathe to add to 51 annotations but there were so many Lords mentioned and all preceded by "my". I thought that the "my" was related to family but apparently not. Where does this tick come from?
On other notes. 4 days to die with you face blown off? Horrible! I wonder when the safety switch was developed for guns?
Aretin's poem had all the braggadocio of blues/rap lyric and even some of the rhythm.
15 May 2016, 6:21 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Imagine if Sandwich cleaned them out, do you think he would get invited back? Besides a ringer knows when to lose so as to win more later.
5 May 2016, 4:57 p.m. - Gerald Berg
Thanks for that James. Looks as foreign and enlightening (to me) as the Grebes mating ritual.