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The Diary of Samuel Pepys Chapter Summary & Analysis - July-December, 1661 Summary

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July-December, 1661 Summary

Pepys first strives to abstain from wine, though the vow, this time, does not last long. His appreciation of beauty continues, though, and he laments that the new maid hired by his wife is ugly. In addition, in the household affairs, Pepys decides to send his sister to live in the country with his father. His wife takes up singing lessons. They enjoy a puppet show together at the playhouse.

The need for money in the Navy brings Pepys before the Duke of York, who holds the final authority over the Navy. Pepys admits to bluffing through some of the meetings but gives the impression that they go well. While awaiting the arrival of the ambassador of Sweden, the ambassadors of France and Spain fight for a prominent seat. Pepys observes that the English cheer for the Spanish side, as is the norm, even when the disagreement...

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