Re: [pepysdiary-social] The surprising history of Hackney
- A charming vignette of typical Pepys behaviour! I am reading a history of the evolution of table manners and rituals and Pepys has come into that - over the drinking of toasts at dinners!On 4 August 2012 04:18, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:
"Two particularly exciting things happened to Pepys on his jaunts to Hackney. In the exotic gardens of Brooke House, he saw oranges growing on trees for the first time, and tucked in. And in the Church of St Augustine’s, entranced by sweet organ music, he feasted his eyes on Abigail Vyner, ‘a lady rich in jewels but most in beauty; almost the finest woman that ever I saw’. Wealth, women, ale, cream, oranges and shuffle-board - truly, Pepys had found his Garden of Eden."
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