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Gerald Berg has posted 413 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.


About Friday 31 October 1662

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I wondered that myself Terry. I assume crosses are Christian crosses ie people wishing him ill so hence the "for the whole world seems to smile upon me,".

About Monday 13 October 1662

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I really love that phrase he uses on occasion: "then he went away again". A glimpse of how it appeared to a person back then. No one goes away again now.

He used a variant today also: "forth".

About Wednesday 8 October 1662

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As I like to say every time I hear an English citizen say extraordinary. It is extraordinary how ordinary extraordinary is to the English! But in SP's case today, I could feel the love.

About Sunday 5 October 1662

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Dancing would be done at Sandwich's country estate? I'm sure he could afford a fine dance band out there in the boonies.

About Monday 22 September 1662

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From Henry Fielding's Tom Thumb the Great (1725):

King Arthur: I feel a sudden Pain within my Breast,
Nor know I whether it arise from Love,
Or only the Wind-Cholick. Time must shew.

About Saturday 20 September 1662

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Just to point out: Lead poisoning would not have affected multiple people simultaneously.

WR to grain contamination: If it were the fault of the grain I would have expected some comment on even more people falling ill at the time of these deaths.

Speaking of grain contamination if someone mentioned A. Huxley's The Devils of Loudon I missed that.

About Wednesday 17 September 1662

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RE: Oz Sue's surprise at the use of "tacky lovehearts". Have a look at Franz Hal's Laughing Cavalier from 1624, esp. the embroidery work on the sleeve. Heart work if you can see it. Makes me think it has been around a lot longer than that. In addition, I always wondered how that shape came to represent a human heart till I saw a pair of swans entwining from their breasts to their heads. They outlined our heart of love. No idea if it is coincident.

Loved the 'fight with a feather'.

About Friday 12 September 1662

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"...wondering if the game is worth the candle." This phrase of Tony E's seems straight out of Pepy's time! Never heard it before.

About Thursday 11 September 1662

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Speaking of going blind, didn't SP eventually give up on his diary for weakness in the eye? Late nights reading music by candlelight would do that.

About Sunday 7 September 1662

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Semen doesn't really smell and certainly doesn't go rank. Could get very crispy though...

What I said before I take back. Pepy's is not going blind. He was holding it all in and getting tremendously tremulous. This episode takes me back to my misspent youth.

About Friday 29 August 1662

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Avg 15 C for Aug. and that ain't cold? Dirk must be from England. Probably down to 9 C. overnight. Coupled with a reluctance to start up the fireplace in the morning? Freezing!

About Monday 25 August 1662

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'reverted to can(n)ibalism' Dim view of humankind or what? By the by they did a study of who survived and who didn't in the Donner party. Young men? First to die. Married women? Most likely to survive.