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John Matthew IV has posted 23 annotations/comments since 22 February 2016.

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23 Oct 2017, 11:23 a.m. - John Matthew IV

Please do not post such spoilers. That takes away from the joy of following Sam and his world one day at a time. Thank you.

17 Oct 2017, 12:08 p.m. - John Matthew IV

Terry: Please do not post references to the future. Let us who are reading this one day at a time learn about these events as they happen. Thank you.

29 May 2017, 11:48 a.m. - John Matthew IV

The stories above about Berwick-upon-Tweed were not accurate. Wikipedia has the story behind this urban legend:

2 Feb 2017, 12:53 p.m. - John Matthew IV

"After dinner into London and bought some books, and a belt," I loved this line. As one with many, many books and several belts, I could see writing that line myself with pleasure.

1 Feb 2017, 12:46 p.m. - John Matthew IV

"and indeed it is good, though wronged by my over great expectations, as all things else are." I loved this line as it can be used so often by me today. I am going to see a play tonight with great expectations. The universality of Sam's writing is one reason I keep coming back to it.

28 Jan 2017, 1:19 p.m. - John Matthew IV

Merry That gives a whole new meaning to "Robin Hood and his Merry Men"!

21 Jan 2017, 11:51 a.m. - John Matthew IV

When did Pepys' "journall" become his "diary"?

18 Jan 2017, 5:16 p.m. - John Matthew IV

"whether to make his elder son heir, which my Lady is for, and I against, but rather to make all equall." The old Primogeniture vs. Partible debate. As an eldest son, I have always favoured Primogeniture.

14 Jan 2017, 11:53 a.m. - John Matthew IV

"very comely black woman." My edition of Wheatley has this simple footnote: "The old expression for a brunette."

27 Dec 2016, 3:20 p.m. - John Matthew IV

Mr. Foreman: We'll get to 1663 in three years. Please no spoilers. Thank you.

24 Nov 2016, 12:46 p.m. - John Matthew IV

"and sent for the barber" Did barbers normally make housecalls or work out of barbershops?

14 Oct 2016, 11:42 a.m. - John Matthew IV

So often reading Pepys diary we can say, "Some things never change." I've eaten oysters in a pub, I've broken things in anger and felt remorse and I have spent lots of time setting up shelves. But I have never seen an execution. To read it presented as just another thing Sam did on this Saturday is stunning. "He was presently cut down, and his head and heart shown to the people, at which there was great shouts of joy." Many things HAVE changed since 1660!

8 Sep 2016, 11:51 a.m. - John Matthew IV

And now 'Peter Pett and the Sovereign of the Seas' by Sir Peter Lely can be seen here: Here's the image of a portrait plaque of our boy Sam:

19 Jul 2016, 12:06 p.m. - John Matthew IV

"I took all these people home to my house and did give them some drink." Any ideas as what they would drink? I have never had the senses that Sam kept a bar at home. He's always going out for his morning draft.

10 Jun 2016, 1:42 p.m. - John Matthew IV

No spoilers, Ivan. Please!

4 Jun 2016, 3:37 a.m. - John Matthew IV

I plan to read this diary one day at a time, AndreaLouise. So about 10 years overall.

2 Jun 2016, 11:48 a.m. - John Matthew IV

We recently discussed the prefix "be-" and its decline. However today we read the word "fuddled." Nowadays, "befuddled" is much more common than "fuddled." And "fuddled" is a great way to describe how you feel after drinking all day!

28 May 2016, 5:53 p.m. - John Matthew IV

My question is about poor Sam's ruined dinner: who eats lobster with vinegar?

17 May 2016, 11:02 a.m. - John Matthew IV

Three years late but please no spoilers Bill. I am reading this diary day-by-day so I'll have most likely long forgotten this note about Opdam but please let's not include future history here.

31 Mar 2016, 10:57 a.m. - John Matthew IV

This is my first time reading Pepys, so everything is new. As there will always be new readers, please no spoilers in the annotations.