January-June, 1660* The story opens with a short description of Pepys' personal life. * He has a wife and has just celebrated the anniversary of what was then a major surgery. * Life at sea starts out very similar to life on land, but rumors of the return of King Charles from exile quickly changes that. * Lord Sandwich receives personal letters from the King and the Duke of York, and through seasickness and homesickness, Pepys leads many of the improvements. * The guns of the ships are fired, in which Pepys personally fires one and nearly injures his eye.
July-December, 1660* Pepys enjoys a nearly childlike excitement with his new financial status. * He revels in the praise from his father about the appointments of the new house. * The honor of attending court shows the increase in Pepys social status already, which only serves as a taste of his true ambitions. * Pepys begins to...
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