October 27, 2015 at 09:37PM on Facebook

It’s entries like this that keep me reading The Diary of Samuel Pepys. That restless curiosity that years later would lead him to become President of the Royal Society today has him straining to understand the mind of suicide: “Mr. Mills … tells me that he could get nothing out of the maid hard by (that did poyson herself) before she died, but that she did it because she did not like herself, nor had not liked herself, nor anything she did a great while. It seems she was well-favoured enough, but crooked, and this was all she could be got to say, which is very strange.”
Monday 27 October 1662