Monday 4 November 1661

In the morning, being very rainy, by coach with Sir W. Pen and my wife to Whitehall, and sent her to Mrs. Hunt’s, and he and I to Mr. Coventry’s about business, and so sent for her again, and all three home again, only I to the Mitre (Mr. Rawlinson’s), where Mr. Pierce, the Purser, had got us a most brave chine of beef, and a dish of marrowbones. Our company my uncle Wight, Captain Lambert, one Captain Davies, and purser Barter, Mr. Rawlinson, and ourselves; and very merry. After dinner I took coach, and called my wife at my brother’s, where I left her, and to the Opera, where we saw “The Bondman,” which of old we both did so doat on, and do still; though to both our thinking not so well acted here (having too great expectations), as formerly at Salisbury-court. But for Betterton he is called by us both the best actor in the world. So home by coach, I lighting by the way at my uncle Wight’s and staid there a little, and so home after my wife, and to bed.


2 Nov 2004, 2:14 a.m. - Robert Gertz

Sam's behaving himself I see...Picking Beth up for the show, etc. There's a nice air of conjugal companionship in this entry as well as respect for Beth's opinion (of course she agreeing with him no doubt that helped...) Anyone else see "Stage Beauty"? I was a little disappointed with the Betterton in it.

2 Nov 2004, 4:08 a.m. - vicente

The Bondman bought a copy of play + refs at http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1661/05/25/ "...saw “The Bondman” acted; an excellent play and well done. But above all that ever I saw, Betterton do the Bond man the best...." http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1661/03/01/ "...White-Fryars, where we saw “The Bondman” acted most excellently, and though I have seen it often, yet I am every time more and more pleased with Betterton’s action...." http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1661/03/19/ "....and I and my wife sat in the pit...." 'salisbury court' http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1661/03/26/

5 Nov 2004, 2:26 a.m. - Mary House

What would you do with a plate of marrowbones? Suck the marrow out of them or maybe first break them to get at the marrow?

5 Nov 2004, 3:10 a.m. - john lauer

Marrow-ball soup goes by various (ethnic) names. Very tasty.

5 Nov 2004, 3:35 a.m. - Pauline

"What would you do with a plate of marrowbones? " In these times, we suck the marrow out or twirl it out with the tip of a knife. Best hot, or at least warm.

5 Nov 2004, 5:25 a.m. - upper_left_hand_corner

Marrowbones: Osso buco anybody?

5 Nov 2004, 7:48 a.m. - Mary

marrowbones. Long-shanked, slender spoons were made, expressly for extracting the marrow from the bones. They turn up in antique shops with fair regularity.

5 Nov 2014, 1:27 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Marrow is usually spread on bread.

5 Nov 2014, 9:30 p.m. - john

Beef-marrow consumption ceased for a while due to BSE (mad-cow disease).

7 Nov 2014, 1:27 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Not in Sam's day, surely.

19 Oct 2017, 1:47 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"But for Betterton he is called by us both the best actor in the world. " Mrs Pepys had a dog named Betterton in 1664 (Shorthand Letters, p. 22) -- perhaps so-called because of his acting. (L&M note)

3 Mar 2021, 10:06 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"by coach with Sir W. Pen and my wife to Whitehall, and sent her to Mrs. Hunt’s, and he and I to Mr. Coventry’s about business, and so sent for her again, and all three home" L&M: Sc. 'homewards', Mrs Pepys being dropped by Tom's in Salisbury Court on the way.