Tuesday 8 October 1661

At the office all the morning. After office done, went and eat some Colchester oysters with Sir W. Batten at his house, and there, with some company; dined and staid there talking all the afternoon; and late after dinner took Mrs. Martha out by coach, and carried her to the Theatre in a frolique, to my great expense, and there shewed her part of the “Beggar’s Bush,” without much pleasure, but only for a frolique, and so home again.

8 Oct 2004, 11:09 p.m. - RexLeo

"... and carried her to the Theatre in a frolique, to my great expense,.." Sam despite all his vows, goes to the theatre and spends a lot of money (coach, theatre tickets?) and as Britney would say, "Oops, did it again" - it looks like a classic case of addiction!

8 Oct 2004, 11:59 p.m. - Bradford

"Beggar's Bush," by Beaumont & Fletcher, Inc., summarized in annotations here: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/11/20/

9 Oct 2004, 3:12 a.m. - language hat

"carried her to the Theatre in a frolique" At first glance, "frolique" looks like the name of a conveyance, but there's no such definition in the OED (s.v. "frolic") -- I guess this means "A scene or occasion of gaiety or mirth; a merry-making; a party." Sounds odd, though.

9 Oct 2004, 4:08 a.m. - vicente

Castleing today: I might be a DOM Miguel but frolique to me[n] means what it always meant, gabolling in the coach [ a great place to test reactions of a lonely gal] and the stalls, He knows where all the funny pieces be and he plays along. Lines from prev viewing: "...where was acted "Beggars' Bush," it being very well done; and here the first time that ever I saw women come upon the stage….” http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/03/ “…where the play of "Beggar's Bush" was newly begun; and so we went in and saw it, it was well acted: and here I saw the first time one Moone, who is said to be the best actor in the world,…” http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/11/20/

9 Oct 2004, 5 a.m. - Ruben

We had a very explicit "frolique" at the Coronation last april: "In which, at the further end, there was three great bonefyres and a great many great gallants, men and women; and the lay hold of us and would have us drink the King's health upon our knee, kneeling upon a fagott; which we all did, they drinking to us one after another - which we thought a strange Frolique. But these gallants continued thus a great while, and I wondered to see how the ladies did tiple."

9 Oct 2004, 11:30 a.m. - Mary

"in a frolique" could be glossed "on a whim" [OED sense 1c], possibly partly introducing the idea of 'on a spree'. Swift (1711) is quoted, "If the frolic should take you of going to Bath ....."

10 Oct 2004, 4:26 p.m. - language hat

Ah, 'on a whim' makes sense. Thanks.

11 Oct 2004, 5:23 p.m. - A. Hamilton

"in a frolique" Glossed as "on a whim." Cf. the legal phrase, "a frolic of one's own" which describes "the activities of an employee that, though resulting in job-related injuries, do not entitle the employee to compensation." (From a discussion of a novel by William Gaddis entitled "A Frolic of His Own," at http://www.williamgaddis.org/critinterpessays/porsdamlegalspeak.shtml

16 Apr 2014, 4:24 a.m. - Terry Foreman

After all, Martha Batten was Pepys's Valentine, as we learned two days ago http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/10/06/

24 Aug 2014, 1:54 p.m. - Bill

"in a frolique" A FROLICK, a merry Prank, a Whim. ---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

13 Oct 2014, 1:08 p.m. - Chris Squire UK

This must be the sense of ‘frolic’ intended here: ‘ . .1c. = whim n.1 1711 Swift Jrnl. to Stella 5 Apr. (1948) I. 235 If the frolick should take you of going to the Bath, I here send you a note on Parvisol.’ ‘whim . . 3.b. In generalized sense: Capricious humour or disposition of mind. a1721 M. Prior Enigma: Form'd half Beneath 7 They [sc. skates] serve the poor for use, the rich for whim. 1729 Pope Dunciad (new ed.) iii. 147 Sneering G**de, half malice and half whim. 1809 B. H. Malkin tr. A. R. Le Sage Adventures Gil Blas IV. xii. i. 376, I came up to pay my devotions; but whim, or perhaps revenge .. determined her to put on the stranger . . ‘ [OED]