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

25 Jul 2021, 6:32 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Reasons were needed for removing Charles head. The loss of La Rochelle was on it.

24 Jul 2021, 3:14 a.m. - Gerald Berg

Loss of Rochelle was cited (in their list) as another reason for Chuck to get the great nod.

23 Jul 2021, 4:09 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Rochelle! Still a haven for the English? I thought that was finished in Charles I time.

20 Jul 2021, 3:20 p.m. - Gerald Berg

So sayeth the preacher. Very funny TF.

13 Jul 2021, 3:15 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Then there is anglicizing. In my own family Dietrich Goertzen was legally changed to Ross Stanfield. So the pool is ever smaller. It was excellent for business, esp. after the war. I have noticed a tendency of moving slightly off target now to Irish, Welsh or Scottish. Not sure what that implies... And yes Sarah, I feel better. Thank you. Of course I can't help wonder if the clever scoundrel who accused Will remained free?

30 Jun 2021, 4 p.m. - Gerald Berg

I am still worried for Wm. Miller and his run in with that very clever thief. Whistle blower syndrome or what? You will update us Sarah?

20 Jun 2021, 7:09 p.m. - Gerald Berg

RG - What about Dad himself? Sticking in the knife for another twist?

20 Jun 2021, 6:55 p.m. - Gerald Berg

And nothing about you diddling Deb just before the two girls go off on holidays together Sam? Yes, let's talk all night about that... As if!

11 May 2021, 2:40 p.m. - Gerald Berg

I wonder what conversations between Balty and W. Hewer were like? Would they gossip about Sam? Fanfic anyone?

28 Apr 2021, 3:53 p.m. - Gerald Berg

The reveal (for me) on Pepys sexual antics was his molestation of Bess' companion Deb. This undermines Bess in many critical ways and if he truly loved her he would have refrained from that particular conquest. Clearly, he doesn't really apply any sort of imaginative identification with Bess' mental health. This leads me to believe that he really doesn't love her. All exceptions that our annotators allow for Sam's behaviour because he really does 'love' Bess are misplaced. He doesn't. Casanova was a lover (with many less lovely attributes), (and writer of a beautiful biography) our Sam is a molester (with many other becoming attributes).

26 Apr 2021, 9:56 p.m. - Gerald Berg

My favourite friend name from childhood! Butch Bland.

24 Apr 2021, 4:41 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Correction: Pepys is a molester not a lover.

12 Apr 2021, 1:13 p.m. - Gerald Berg

And who's building the new chain for the Golden Thames? The other one broke too easily as I recall.

10 Apr 2021, 3:25 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Sounds exactly like the Ukraine this very day with Russian troops massing and lots of guns on the table.

2 Apr 2021, 2:52 p.m. - Gerald Berg

One thing Pepys is doing successfully is ensuring that Bess remains lonely. Deb (her companion) has dirty secrets now. Thanks for nothing Sam.

29 Mar 2021, 3:42 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Thanks Harry R. How could I forget Beauty Retire! Good pricking, sad unconvincing song.

28 Mar 2021, 3:04 p.m. - Gerald Berg

Does Pepys ever compose another song? I have had it with It is Decreed!

23 Mar 2021, 5:01 p.m. - Gerald Berg

That's two in a row from the back, but who's counting...

23 Mar 2021, 4:39 p.m. - Gerald Berg

I assume Sam's Italian preference was WRT church music and not secular music. Not being familiar with Anglican service and as no famous English Mass comes to my mind (pace Britten), that may be what he heard? An RC Mass really knows how to pull out the stops (by comparison) is my supposition.

19 Mar 2021, 5:29 p.m. - Gerald Berg

"but there are so many about the King that will not be able to stand, if a new Parliament come..." By what mechanism will these flunkies of the King not be able to stand?