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David G has posted 37 annotations/comments since 22 January 2016.

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About Sunday 25 February 1665/66

David G  •  Link

The image of the young gentlemen flinging cushions and engaged in "other mad sports" (one wonders what they were!) could have come right out of a scene at the Drone's Club in a PG Wodehouse story.

About Sunday 4 February 1665/66

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As someone who has had kidney stones, I doubt that Aunt James had a misdiagnosis, as one of the commentators from ten years ago suggested. The symptoms of a kidney stone that is trying to pass are quite different from the symptoms of other serious medical other conditions (cancer does not, for example, typically cause severe cramping), and to die of a kidney stone would be a truly unpleasant way to go.

About Thursday 1 February 1665/66

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The diary is full of days like this where Sam goes off with friends and has dinner elsewhere. I don't recall a diary entry in which he mentions that he left a note for his wife to let her know that he's going to be out and won't be back until late. Is there one?

About Sunday 28 January 1665/66

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It’s hard to believe that Sam slept soundly even though his mind was in great delirium — I would have been far too full of the day’s events to fall right asleep.

About Friday 27 October 1665

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Was the conversation with the Duke of Albemarle where the formal job offer was made and accepted?

About Sunday 6 August 1665

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Not likely that the maid was combing for lice since Sam shaved his head when he started wearing a wig. Maybe she was arranging the wig?

About Monday 10 July 1665

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A “nest of puppies”: It appears that this expression was rarely used between Pepys’ era and the current decade but suddenly has become common once again.

About Friday 7 July 1665

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Like William Wright, I had never heard of Tent as a type of wine. I googled “vessel of tent” and every hit but one — an article in an Australian newspaper from 1884 — was to the diary. My guess is that Tent was in favor briefly and British taste in wine then moved on to claret, hock, sherry and port.