PEPYS AND HUMANITY
PEPYS brings to the portrayal of his manifold general relations with humanity the same infinite straightforwardness that he applies to all his dealings with every aspect of life and death.
And first, he delighted in the various phases and manifestations of human intercourse and activity- He was never tired of watching men live, make their strange, unaccountable gestures, go through their merry, or dreary, or passionate antics, and then settle quietly down into the grave. All men were pretty much the same to him, from this point of view, the farmer, the shepherd, the sailor, the soldier, the merchant, the preacher, the actor, the gambler, all afforded him entertainment and curious matter for dry, sincere, depicting comment, which would give them a far longer life than they enjoyed in this world. He liked travel, made caustic and vivid notes on his journeys. No matter how tired his legs might be, his eyes were keen. Whether in Brampton or in Tangier, he was always on the watch: rugged, homely English peasants and draped, melodramatic Moors, all alike