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Scube has posted 27 annotations/comments since 14 September 2015.

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About Saturday 22 February 1667/68

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Harry R - thanks for that. I wondered whether it was in Latin or perhaps German. As for the relative prices of a good meal with wine and a book, those have certainly changed.

About Thursday 23 January 1667/68

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I continue to be impressed by the extraordinary range of friendships enjoyed by Pepys - a relatively young man without noble birth. He must have been considered quite enjoyable company.

About Monday 23 December 1667

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Me too. All good comments and therefore worth repeating. Start my morning with Sam and his crew, and the annotators of 10 years past and 10 hours past. All great company.

About Sunday 22 December 1667

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Wonder about that loan to Joyce; whether he did loan him the money, at what interest rate, etc. Always a reminder that without secure banks, lending money was often preferable to hiding it.

About Tuesday 24 September 1667

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"Sir W. Batten and W. Pen and I fain to go all in a hackney-coach round by London Wall, for fear of cellars," Any insight on the fear of cellars? Were cellar bulkhead doors open for laying in coal for the winter?

About Friday 13 September 1667

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"It vexed me to hear how Sir W. Pen, who come alone from London, being to send his coachman for his wife and daughter, and bidding his coachman in much anger to go for them (he being vexed, like a rogue, to do anything to please his wife), his coachman Tom was heard to say a pox, or God rot her, can she walk hither? These words do so mad me that I could find in my heart to give him or my Lady notice of them."
I read this a bit differently. It sounds like Sir W. has lost his temper at his wife, being angry that the coach must be sent back to pick her up. It may be that the coachman is defending the wife here, despite the "god rot her." If it way too far to walk, his question may be to make the point that of course he needs to go back for her.
BTW, as a late comer to this site, I am frequently impressed and always grateful for all of the insights back in 2010 (as well as the fewer but no less excellent observations on the second time around.

About Sunday 2 June 1667

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What a wonderful entry. Much work done. No skirt chasing. Interesting as others point out, that there appears to be no great expectation of keeping sabbath and no consequence for failing to do so. I wonder what his accounts look like. Are they ledgers? Are there any adopted accounting conventions or rules?

About Wednesday 22 May 1667

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I too am curious about the "lifts up the whites of his eyes" comment. Any insight?

About Saturday 18 May 1667

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Do any of you more knowledgeable folks have a sense of how many servants Sam and Bess keep at any one time, and what their respective roles and duties are?

About Friday 26 April 1667

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This is one of the longer entries we have seen in a while. Wonder what the longest entry is. Be fun to rank them by length. As to Pepys intentions on others reading his diary, he probably wrote it initially for himself, then as men often do in later years, decided to preserve it for posterity.

About Tuesday 23 April 1667

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We so rarely hear of Bess visiting her mother or where she lives or her financial condition. Wonder if that is because Bess doesn't visit her often, or perhaps so often that it is unremarkable.

About Saturday 6 April 1667

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"up and down, to pay all my scores occasioned by this mourning for my mother; and emptied a 50l. bag, " Wonder what the 50l was for? Appears to be all related to mourning. As SDS points out, doesn't appear that he went to a funeral. Would have been interesting to learn a bit more about his custom there.

About Tuesday 5 March 1666/67

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Spot on SDS - I think you summed up what Sam is thinking. But on his immoral carrying ons. I am still not clear how much Bess knows, cares, or accepts, and whether this simply was accepted (at least by the men) back then.

About Mustapha (Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery)

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Interesting that in 1665, our critic Mr. Pepys found the play not good, but two years later in his January 5, 1667 entry, he declared Mustapha "a most excellent play for words and design as ever I did see." He admitted to seeing but not remembering the play from the last go round. Guess it was much improved!