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Jonathan V has posted 39 annotations/comments since 28 February 2016.

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About Wednesday 23 May 1666

Jonathan V  •  Link

I sometimes wish I really knew what it means when people visit each other in their chambers, "at (the) bedside." It's always a powerful or senior person - Do they stay in bed, having breakfast, perhaps, while Sam fills them in on business? Or are they up and getting ready for the day with servants' assistance, etc. This phrase, or practice, has mystified me for years.

About Wednesday 2 May 1666

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If Tony ever comes back ... I would imagine that if the girl continued sick, yes, it would have been as simple (and heartless) as just getting her out of the house. One of the measures taken in case of the plague was to shut up houses - with occupants inside. The house would be marked with a red cross, and in some cases a guard posted outside. It might be that Pepys feared being shut in as much as he feared getting sick.

About Monday 12 March 1665/66

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So ... am I the only person who had to look up the meaning of "froward"? As I was typing it to do so, I thought, "Oh, Google will tell me it's a typo, and show results for 'forward' ...." Nope, it's a real word: "(of a person) difficult to deal with; contrary." Must figure out how to use this in every day conversation!

About Saturday 20 January 1665/66

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"cape henry on 21 Jan 2009 • Link • Flag

Did anyone else burst out laughing as I just did?"

Ten years on, yes, I did. He conjures a great image, even if it's less-than-flattering to our eyes.

About Tuesday 16 January 1665/66

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"Up, and leaving the women in bed together (a pretty black and white) ... "
What does this mean, "a pretty black and white"? Is he talking about the linens? Or using the colors to indicate their complexion or hair color? I know he has talked in the past of a person being "black," which we've come to understand meant a dark complexion or black hair. Wondering if this is the same usage.

About Wednesday 29 November 1665

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@Ruben - Only a decade later, but yes, I too have had the same questions running through my mind about what happens between him and his liaisons. It does seem to be mostly heavy petting with his willing partners. But he also tries to cop a feel when he can, and engages in what we would call molestation today. I really wonder about those encounters he has with women in dark corners of bars and public houses. I wonder if they're darker and more secluded corners than what I picture.

About Monday 27 November 1665

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Gerald: I assumed it was "God"; have there been other cases where they take out the word so as not to "take it in vain"?