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Gerald Berg has posted 326 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.


About Monday 19 March 1665/66

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"he and I walked two or three hours till it was quite darke in his gallery talking of his affairs"

Am I to understand that they walked for 2 or 3 hours in Carteret's gallery? Must be of some size! Is this gallery of use for pictures or...?

About Saturday 17 March 1665/66

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"so home having a great cold, and so my wife and Mrs. Barbary have very great ones, we are at a loss how we all come by it together"

A viral joke!

About Tuesday 6 March 1665/66

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Oranges! How expensive would they be? Could the household help eat some? Would this be a perk of working in the household? I wonder when bananas make an appearance?

About Sunday 25 February 1665/66

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Not impressed with the foulmouthed Archbishop:

"and the foulest worde that can be spoke of a woman almost"

So much for casting the first stone and all that entails.

About Sunday 18 February 1665/66

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Entry is well worth parsing.

Creed is no longer of interest because SP's schemes are all about making money and Creed is of no help in that. Creed's attempted rape is now publicly known so is that the reason he is of no help financially and the reason for the hate? Or, is it because he got caught that Pepys hates him?

I have also come the the conclusion the Pepys' writing plays the straight man to his life.

"sad company to me, nor was I much pleased with it"

About Monday 12 February 1665/66

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And I recall Elias Canetti's:

Peter Kien, an internationally respected scholar of Chinese studies who maintains a personal library of 25,000 volumes.

No windows only skylights provides less distraction.

About Monday 29 January 1665/66

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Evelyn's entry: Interesting tone versus Pepys'. Both heavily dropping names but Evelyn comes across as rather dull and vain. No praise be to god for being noticed from him! For some reason I feel I can participate in Sam's life whereas Evelyn's continues to feel opaque and generic.

I am aware of some of Evelyn's many gifts. I am also guessing that Evelyn's life would not entail any 'demeurais u peu de temps besandola' as it were. Approving behaviour is not what we seek here.

So Sam, continue on you cad!

About Thursday 11 January 1665/66

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With you on the that Phil C.! A society on the verge of producing geniuses in all sorts of guises. Were it not for Newton, our Mr Hooke of this night might be better remembered than he is.

About Wednesday 3 January 1665/66

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Epic work what? Dictates a well thought, multi-optioned,19 page closely writ Pursers paper over a morning and afternoon. Read back by Mr. Gibson and copied fair by SP over the evening. Continue next day, all day. Party hard and an oops must sleep. Mailed following morning. Whatever the merits of the diary he was exactly where he should be as to job and competence. Wonderful!

About Tuesday 2 January 1665/66

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Au contraire SD Sarah. I believe Tooker took the dictation whilst Sam has been writing the copy fair all these candlelit hours. Tooker yesterday was reading his own writing back to Sam. Perhaps Sam has taken a few kicks since to achieve fair copy?

Aye, aye, eyes, Sam!

About Wednesday 27 December 1665

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I call out that Pepys’ most erotic writing is not the abysmally tawdry dalliances but his money porn exclamations on conquests in the offing. How often has he mentioned this MUCH anticipated payoff coming out of the Tangier account? Personally, I can’t wait to see what happens!

Appreciate the bat reading comments.

Best for everyone in the new year!

About Tuesday 19 December 1665

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So merry was Pepys thru these months that finally exhaustion sets in. This is about as pissy as I have read him these last few days. I am not sure what Pepys means by "turd of kindness or service". How are kindness or service related? Is this about usefulness?

About Tuesday 28 November 1665

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"where some payers were at work," Payers?

"usefulness of carrying pen and ink and wax about one" Never mind a Blackberry how about a ballpoint pen and sealed envelopes?

About Saturday 14 October 1665

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Pepys Praised To High King with Sandwich as Toast.

More evidence for the hive off of Pepys theory?

Meanwhile SP chases fleas with meat at a tavern.

About Tuesday 26 September 1665

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Speaking of the Dutch! “prating” Is this the first time he has used it? I feel not. Middle Dutch praten - chattering. Great onomatopoeia or what?