Tuesday 29 September 1663

Took two pills more in the morning and they worked all day, and I kept the house. About noon dined, and then to carry several heavy things with my wife up and down stairs, in order to our going to lie above, and Will to come down to the Wardrobe, and that put me into a violent sweat, so I had a fire made, and then, being dry again, she and I to put up some paper pictures in the red chamber, where we go to lie very pretty, and the map of Paris. Then in the evening, towards night, it fell to thunder, lighten, and rain so violently that my house was all afloat, and I in all the rain up to the gutters, and there dabbled in the rain and wet half an hour, enough to have killed a man. That done downstairs to dry myself again, and by and by come Mr. Sympson to set up my wife’s chimney-piece in her closett, which pleases me, and so that being done, I to supper and to bed, shifting myself from top to toe, and doubtful of my doing myself hurt.

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TerryF  •  Link

" my wife’s chimney-piece in her closett"

picture over a fireplace
(L&M Select Glossary)

also "The English chimneypieces of the early 17th century, when the purer Italian style was introduced by Inigo Jones, were extremely simple in design, sometimes consisting only of the ordinary mantel piece, with classic architraves and shelf, the upper part of the chimney breast being paneled like the rest of the room. In the latter part of the century the classic architrave was abandoned in favor of a much bolder and more effective molding, as in the chimneypieces at Hampton Court, and the shelf was omitted." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantel

Interior decoration today!

Jon-o  •  Link

What was he doing up in the gutters?

A fleeting thought of Pepys hauling on a halyard to trim the sails of his literally 'afloat' house passed through my mind, but that's probably not *quite* accurate, albeit picturesque.

Maybe the gutters were just clogged, and he had to clean them out to keep the water from trickling through the roof? Easy to have happen with all the leaves blowing around this time of year...

Daniel  •  Link

"put me into a violent sweat,'

Goodness! I won't be needing any of those pills, Mr Pepys, thanks!

in aqua  •  Link

de gutting: "...What was he doing up in the gutters?..." Samuell be out on the leads, leading the fight to un-stopper the pipes and the gutter that runs around the roof. As the rain failed to leave the roof in a correct manner , it came through his Roof door and cascaded down the Stairs.
Dabbled eh! with some old tarred Sail clothe?

Mary  •  Link

shifting myself from top to toe.

This complete change of every stitch of clothing is plainly both notable and perilous in Sam's eyes.

A. Hamilton  •  Link

keeping house & doing (unexpected) penance

Sam becomes aware of the perils of staying home, becoming Elizabeth's furniture mover and Harry (ied) Homeowner. And all because of the draughty broken window during his Lambeth rendezvous. He'll awaken with a stiff back and a worsened chill, I suspect.

A. Hamilton  •  Link

map of Paris

My father purchased a large section (several sections, in fact) of the 1615 Plan de Merian from the Musee de la
Ville de Paris) and fixed them to a large
board that hung in our living room and also served to enlarge our dinner table when needed. I still have it. It has wonderful detail, as you can see by following Terry's second link above.

alanB  •  Link

"enough to have killed a man"
but not Our Sam who is no mortal man. He laughs in the face of danger. Broken windows..puh!, standing on the roof in a thunderstorm ..nothing to it. God can try his best or worst.

Bradford  •  Link

And a whole half-hour, too!---"doubtful [fearful] of my doing myself hurt." No sandbag duty for Sam, another big-as-a-skinned-mule hypochondriac, like Boswell.

TerryF  •  Link

So the plan is to get the Pepys's upstairs and the obstreperious Will down. Is the "Ward-robe" where Will goes the "King’s Great Wardrobe" or the Pepys's downstairs?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Does seem strange about Will...I wonder if the maids live upstairs and Sam seeks to separate Will from the maids he so likes to chat up.

"Map of Paris"...Subtle, (or not so subtle) hint on Bess' part?


Robert Gertz  •  Link

Mr. Sympson came at night? In the pouring rain?

I don't suppose his descendants might be available?

"Sam..." Bess hisses as Sympson works away. "Why does he keep saying "Doh!"?"

Gerald Berg  •  Link

I assume 'lighten' is lightening. So up Sam goes onto the roof during a thunder storm. A lead roof no less! Slippery and very much a conductor of electricity. Ignorance is bliss.

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