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04 May 2016 @ 10:53 pm
oh, Pepys  
This whole entry, man (various emphases mine):

So made myself ready and to church, where Sir W. Pen showed me the young lady which young Dawes, that sits in the new corner-pew in the church, hath stole away from Sir Andrew Rickard, her guardian, worth 1000l. per annum present, good land, and some money, and a very well-bred and handsome lady: he, I doubt, but a simple fellow. However, he got this good luck to get her, which methinks I could envy him with all my heart. Home to dinner with my wife, who not being very well did not dress herself but staid at home all day, and so I to church in the afternoon and so home again, and up to teach Ashwell the grounds of time and other things on the tryangle, and made her take out a Psalm very well, she having a good ear and hand. And so a while to my office, and then home to supper and prayers, to bed, my wife and I having a little falling out because I would not leave my discourse below with her and Ashwell to go up and talk with her alone upon something she has to say. She reproached me but I had rather talk with any body than her, by which I find I think she is jealous of my freedom with Ashwell, which I must avoid giving occasion of.


…well yeah Samuel, who wouldn't be jealous when you're eying up ladies at church and teaching girls how to play the triangle (by which he apparently means the virginals, according to the note*) instead of spending time with your wife? You goober.

Trust Pepys to always give you the hard-nosed pecuniary details about a potential match, though.

*The Shakespearean in me is very "wink wink nudge nudge" about this detail. Saucy jacks, still virginalling upon his palm, etc.
negothicknegothick on May 6th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
"tryangle" is actually a pretty good term for the virginals, though (as this page demonstrates) they were often enclosed in a box of another geometric shape, polygonal, trapezoidal, rectangular. The string configuration is still a triangle.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 7th, 2016 04:26 am (UTC)
Yes, I can see how it would make sense! I'd never heard of it, though (I wonder if it's Pepys' own idiosyncratic term?), so at first I was very confused by the entry. :)