✹ About Monday 18 January 1668/69 LKvM on 19 Jan 2022 • Link " . . . and meeting Mr. Sidney Montagu and Sheres . . . so home to my house to dinner, where I had a pretty handsome sudden dinner, . . . ." No matter what her faults may be, Elizabeth Pepys is clearly an excellent manager of the Pepys's household. It's amazing that her servants are so well schooled that Elizabeth apparently has fine food ready to serve at any time ("a pretty handsome sudden dinner" for Lord Sandwich's son) and plenty of it, not to mention that she is able to trot off to the theater every day after dinner and Pepys can even opt to invite Lord Peterborough, Lord Sandwich, and the Duke of York(!) to come have a "bit of bread" at his house. And we hear no more of "washing day" and lighting the fire under the cauldron in the wee hours, so the staff are presumably managing all that on their own. Maybe this ability comes from her aristocratic French background, i.e, she was born to it.