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Phil C. has posted 15 annotations/comments since 1 February 2016.

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About Saturday 21 July 1666

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Why would extra men be going on these ships, that are heading out to sea to a battle? For the excitement?

About Sunday 15 July 1666

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I’m surprised that it’s safe enough in London that a well dressed man, with new shoes, can lay down and sleep in the park. Was it a “members-only” park in those days?

About Tuesday 6 February 1665/66

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What made me laugh here is Samuel having to take things back to the store for exchange or refund, because his wife didn’t approve of what he’d chosen. How very like my own home life!

About Saturday 20 January 1665/66

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What, am I the only one here who would punish someone sent to get papers who decided to stop for lunch? Nowadays they would face firing or an end to any chance of promotion: a clip round the ear-hole might be preferable.

About Friday 15 December 1665

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I side with Todd here, regarding “a pretty reproach, I thought”. Sam recognises a valid point well made, which is why he chooses not to get engaged here.

About Sunday 16 July 1665

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San Diego Sarah - "After Mr. Carteret was carried to his chamber, we to prayers again and then to bed."

He was so drunk he had to be carried early to bed? ... too tired? ... too stressed?

Too lame, I think. Perhaps he can’t get up stairs - do we know how lame he is?

About Wednesday 24 May 1665

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I’m pretty sure we played the “Ring around the Roses” game in the school playground at lunchtimes when I was a little kid in Sussex around 1959: though I remember we sang “Ring a ring of roses”... it was pretty clear that after sneezing you fell down dead.
One of my favourite books which I recommend to readers here is “The Lore And Language of Schoolchildren” by Iona & Peter Opie, published in 1959. I couldn’t find my parents original copy but I have a copy republished by New York Review Books so it may be available. It’s fascinating - some rhymes are many centuries old, and traditions are passed from child to child as if through an underground network.
Pepys is mentioned on page 2: “One of the strangest things I ever heard”.