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Hope has posted 11 annotations/comments since 18 December 2016.

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About Thursday 30 May 1667

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“... show her face and kill the gallants.” In (more or less) currant parlance, “a bombshell”, “drop-dead gorgeous”, “lady killer”, etc.

About Thursday 30 May 1667

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“... show her face and kill the gallants. In (more or less) currant parlance, “a bombshell”, “drop-dead gorgeous”, “lady killer”, etc.

About Wednesday 15 May 1667

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Re. Mrs. Smith’s fine hand. I took it as meaning that Mrs. Smith had a fine hand for embroidery, sewing, “fancy work”, etc. Looks like Sam felt that the rest of her was mighty fine too!

About Friday 29 March 1667

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I consider myself a nice person but I can think of times in my life when I’ve behaved selfishly, even ruthlessly, and attempted to justify or put a good spin on it. As Flaubert would say, Sam Pepys, c’est moi! Without the spin.

About Monday 7 January 1666/67

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I took Sam’s comment concerning MacBeth to mean that he found it entertaining in a pleasurably thrilling way, much as we might enjoy a modern literary thriller or a Hitchcock movie in spite of its tragic or appalling content. Also, there is enough action in Macbeth, even without music and a cameo appearance by Hecate, to keep an audience on the edge of its seat!

About Tuesday 30 October 1666

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Louise Hudson
« Husbandly singing lessons! I can hardly think of anything worse! »
Driving lessons? Moving a refrigerator? Well, as bad ...

About Friday 18 May 1666

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You’d find them heavy too, if you’d “carried them home.” ;-)

About Thursday 3 May 1666

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I get the feeling that a lingering fear of the plague is at the back of Sam’s mind, and that he doesn’t want the painting teacher, a stranger, carrying tales. It would also explain why Su’s mother is having Su cared for in a house nearby and not the family home.

Not that snobbery, jealousy (???) and the impulse to turn on a bystander in the midst of a family squabble might not also play a role!

About Tuesday 15 December 1663

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A (probably Victorian) version of the proverb:

Love your friends and love them well
But to your friends no secrets tell
For if a friend become a foe
Your secrets everyone will know

Love your commentaries, folks, especially yours, Robert Gertz. And, thanks so much for putting the diary online, Phil. Now I have a plan for the next 10 years of my life!