PEPYS AND HIS WIFE
THE case of Mrs.* Pepys is peculiar. In a sense we may say that few women of the past are better known to us than she. Her husband's intimate record shows her in most of the aspects of her character with his usual intense veracity. We see her grave and gay, eager and petulant, fretful and mocking, angry and loving. We see her ill, with all the distress and disturbance that accompany illness. We see her well and ardent, ready for work or play with equal zest, sharing her husband's pursuits, or questioning them, or interfering with them. During those ten long years it seems as if we almost lived her life.
Yet it is hardly fair that any human being should be so entirely judged on the testimony of another, no matter how vivid. We have not one written word of____________________