Books: Pepys's Friend

Readers of the diary of Samuel Pepys know the intimate scenes that pop out so unexpectedly among the humdrum entries on office work and financial difficulties— such passages as Pepys's account of his shamefaced spying on his wife Elizabeth when he thought she was too friendly with her dancing teacher, his love affair with Mrs. Bagwell after he had got her husband a job, with pert Betty after he had married her off to simple Mr. Martin, his adventures with Doll Lane, Jane Welsh, Elizabeth Whittle, Frances Tooker, and various maids who...

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