"Mens cujusque is est quisque" = "The mind's the man". Taken from Cicero's De Re Publica. Pepys took this epigraph as his motto.
To the cast of the Greenwich Pageant in affection and gratitude
North of Cambridge lie the Fens. The sea from which they arose laps at their northern boundaries and north and east great rivers lazily wind across them, drawing black cattle to drink among the sedges at their brink.
Before he left Brussels Elizabeth was taken ill. . . . on the day on which he reached London, Elizabeth went down with a high fever. Neither her youth nor his prayers availed. On November 10th she died, leaving Pepys at the age of thirty-six shaken and alone, with the world to begin anew.