Saturday 26 December 1668

Lay long with pleasure, prating with my wife, and then up, and I a little to the Office, and my head busy setting some papers and accounts to rights, which being long neglected because of my eyes will take me up much time and care to do, but it must be done. So home at noon to dinner, and then abroad with my wife to a play, at the Duke of York’s house, the house full of ordinary citizens. The play was “Women Pleased,” which we had never seen before; and, though but indifferent, yet there is a good design for a good play. So home, and there to talk, and my wife to read to me, and so to bed.

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Australian Susan  •  Link

"my wife read to me"

We never hear now of Sam reading books as he travels about, it's either the boy or Bess reading to him before bed. He's stopped reading prayers as well (though maybe that is for other reasons) and he mainly seems to use others to do his office writing even before the "writ fair" final version is done by a clerk with a good hand. This diary seems to be the only substantial writing he does and, of course, it could never be dictated. And yet, Sam seems not down-hearted much, is not bitter and does not complain overmuch. I read the author Sue Townsend's account of her deteriorating eyesight - very poignant, but no trace of bitterness. Pity Sam could not have had access to some modern devices!

Carl in Boston  •  Link

Very perceptive, Susan.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Lay long with pleasure, prating with my wife"

prate: to talk long and idly : chatter

Origin of PRATE: Middle English, from Middle Dutch; akin to Middle Low German pratten to pout
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonyms: babble, blab, cackle, chaffer [British], chatter, chin [slang], converse, gab, gabble, gas, jabber, jaw, kibitz (also kibbitz), natter, palaver, patter, chat, prattle, rap, rattle, run on, schmooze (or shmooze), talk, twitter, visit
Related Words: gossip, tattle; descant, discuss, expatiate; yak (also yack), yammer, yap

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"The play was “Women Pleased,” which we had never seen before"

L&M: A tragicomedy by John Fletcher, acted c. 1620, and published in 1647. This is the first record of a post-Restoration performance.

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