I lived in Axe Yard, having my wife and servant Jane, and no more in family than us three. After dinner I took my leave, leaving my wife with my cozen Stradwick, and went to Westminster to Mr Vines, where George and I fiddled a good while, Dick and his wife who was lately brought to bed and her sister being there, but Mr Hudson not coming according to his promise, I went away, and calling at my house on the wench, I took her and the lanthorn with me to my cosen Stradwick, where, after a good supper, there being there my father, mother, brothers, and sister, my cosen Scott and his wife, Mr Drawwater and his wife, and her brother, Mr Stradwick, we had a brave cake brought us, and in the choosing, Pall was Queen and Mr Stradwick was King.
After that my wife and I bid adieu and came home, it being still a great frost.
Pepys was a government servant and a man of business who liked to regulate his life. You can still see the manuscript in Cambridge, the crown jewels of the Magdalene College library. Pepys was a man of his time who revelled in its politics, its opportunities and its adventures. He loved music and women, taverns and good wine, metropolitan pleasures and the boisterous company of the new generation coming to prominence around Charles II. Keeping the diary intensified his enjoyment of the present moment, giving him first the experience, then his account of it, as well as, eventually, the chance to recollect his experiences in tranquillity.
By chance, he was writing at a pivotal moment in English history. On 25 April , the new parliament demanded by public opinion had met, then General Monck and the exiled court had reached a secret agreement. His job as clerk of the acts to the Navy Board put him at the centre of the second Dutch war Living in Westminster, close to the seat of government, he had first-hand experience of the plague:.
And in spite to well people, would breathe in the faces of well people going by. Then, in September , Pepys witnessed the Great Fire , a celebrated set-piece in the diary, describing how he had gone to the Tower of London to get a better view of the unfolding disaster:. Sorry, the book that you are looking for is not available right now.
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Vanity must be one motivation for the diarist. Pepys translated his vanity first into intimate reportage and then into art.
Yes, he places himself at the centre of events, but not in a self-important way. He gives himself no airs or special dignity. He is as frank about his frailties as he is about every other aspect of the world around him.
Famously, he reports his sexual adventures with impressive candour, using a mix of the English vernacular and Latin to report his sexual exploits. His seduction of Deborah Willet, a young woman engaged by his wife for company, is probably the most dramatic. On 25 October , Pepys was surprised at home as he embraced Miss Willet.
I was at a wonderful loss upon it and the girl also Deborah Willet was sacked; Pepys fell into deep remorse; he did not, however, entirely give up his dalliances. Elizabeth, his long-suffering wife, died in His life had reached a turning point — he no longer had the same appetites.
He would live to see in the new century, dying in , having happily resisted the temptation to destroy his youthful masterpiece.
Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Diary of Samuel Pepys - Complete N.S. by Mynors Bright January 1st. Up, and presented from Captain Beckford with a noble silver warming-pan, which I.
As a unique literary figure, he always remained, in the fullest and deepest sense, an artist open to the rare mysteries of everyday life.