Monday 2 December 1661

To Savill the painter’s, but he not being well I could do nothing there, and so I returned home, and in my way met Mr. Moore and took him with me home; where we staid and talked all the morning, and he dined with me, and after dinner went away to the Privy Seal, this being our first day this month. By and by called on by Mr. Sanchy and his mistress, and with them by coach to the Opera, to see “The Mad Lover,” but not much pleased with the play. That done home all to my house, where they staid and supped and were merry, and at last late bid good night and so we to bed.


3 Dec 2004, 12:04 a.m. - Clement

The Mad Lover Sam liked it better the last time he saw it, at Salisbury Court Theater http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/02/09/ Described as a "hopelessly absurd" in Alan Bedford's annotation then, I wonder if Sam's lack of enthusiasm is due to difference in quality or difference in his own attitude.

3 Dec 2004, 2:31 a.m. - RexLeo

All play and not much work today.

3 Dec 2004, 2:47 a.m. - vicente

2nd. day for emphasis "...Mr. Sanchy and his mistress..."...."see 'The Mad Lover,' but not much pleased with the play…” could have been put out [upset] by the the mad Lover, Mr Sanchy, some do like to make such a display of hormone overload, even if he be a parson?

3 Dec 2004, 3:28 a.m. - vicente

There was another poet that used that title. No protection? "I have been in love, and in debt, and in drink, This many and many a year." Alexander Brome (1620-1666), British poet. "The Mad Lover," Songs and Other Poems, 2nd ed. (1664). Opening lines. http://www.poemhunter.com/alexander-brome/poet-

4 Dec 2004, 8:45 p.m. - Laura K

If by protection you mean something like a copyright, even today a title cannot be copyrighted. There can be any number of books, poems, plays and other published works with the same title.

5 Dec 2004, 3:36 a.m. - vicenzo

Are! Thanks, I be thinking of words, when reserved for exclusive use like Mc Donalds , Exxon, Esso ad infinitum: [me monika has been uzurped]

5 Dec 2004, 6:18 p.m. - Laura K

Yes, that's the difference between a trademark and a copyright. You'd better trademark that old moniker before someone swipes it and pretends to be you. As if...

1 Dec 2014, 8:14 p.m. - Tim

I wonder if Savill hurriedly told his servant to tell Sam that he was sick. Just didn't feel up to Sam pointing out where he was going wrong in his brush strokes and otherwise peering over his shoulder...

1 Nov 2017, 5:31 p.m. - Terry Foreman

" to the Opera, to see “The Mad Lover,”" L&M note in February Pepys had seen "The Mad Lover at the Salisbury Court Theatre, the previous venue of the Duke's Company, managed by Sir William Davenant https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/02/09/ and https://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/02/09/?c=543057#c543057