Monday 13 January 1667/68

Up, and Mr. Gibbs comes to me, and I give him instructions about the writing fair my Tangier accounts against to-morrow. So I abroad with Sir W. Pen to White Hall, and there did with the rest attend the Duke of York, where nothing extraordinary; only I perceive there is nothing yet declared for the next, year, what fleete shall be abroad. Thence homeward by coach and stopped at Martin’s, my bookseller, where I saw the French book which I did think to have had for my wife to translate, called “L’escholle des filles,” but when I come to look in it, it is the most bawdy, lewd book that ever I saw, rather worse than “Putana errante,” so that I was ashamed of reading in it, and so away home, and there to the ’Change to discourse with Sir H. Cholmly, and so home to dinner, and in the evening, having done some business, I with my wife and girl out, and left them at Unthanke’s, while I to White Hall to the Treasury Chamber for an order for Tangier, and so back, took up my wife, and home, and there busy about my Tangier accounts against tomorrow, which I do get ready in good condition, and so with great content to bed.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

Ah, at last "L'escholle des filles". When Brannaugh reads this and the (Spoiler)

...Follow up bits in the audio version of the Diary it is simply hilarious. Sam at his most comic...And humanly touching in his way.

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"I'll still translate it if you want..." grin.



"Does this have anything to do with that 'shaming' thing yesterday?"

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"But you knew about it...?"

"Know it?"...Bess chuckles. "Just call me 'Jean L’Ange'."


"The part about the girls in the oonvent washroom...That's my schoolgirl friends Evelyn and Marie."


"Well, back in '55 I had nothing to do in that garret and we needed money."


Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Page forty-two?"

"Ah,yes...Page forty-two" grin.

"Oh, come on, Bess. That's not humanly possible!"


"Is it?"

"For English girls, probably not."


A. De Araujo  •  Link

"L'escholle des filles"
Girls' School
"Putana Errante"
Wayward whore

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"L'escholle des filles..."

"No, no...Say it...'L'escholle...Des filles'...And make sure you nod and wink after."

"Bess...Having you give me instruction in this sort of thing is a bit unnerving, you know."

"Oh and say, 'Oh, ho-huh'...When you wink."


"You said you'd do whatever it took to make it a best-seller. Sam'l...Non-Gallic audiences expect it in promoting a French sex book. Of course if we were in France you'd just stare at the clientele like this..."

Cool, world-weary, disdainful stare... "Then keep talking about 'Ennui'...And act like you couldn't care less if they buy the thing or no."

"Whoa...I like that. Couldn't I do that now?"

"Not if you want folks here to buy it. Here a look like that and they'll think it's something by Bacon about women's education."

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