As the Great Hunkering hunkers on, I want to thank all of you around the world who swing by here each day, whether seeking insight into the crisis or seeking escape. This is the part of the line-up that does both, we hope, so welcome to Episode Eighteen of A Journal of the Plague Year, Daniel Defoe's account of the Great Plague of London in 1665. In tonight's episode, our Londoners fleeing the city enter into socially distant relations with their new country neighbors:
They had got some remote acquaintance with a victualling-house at the outskirts of the town, to whom they called at a distance to bring some little things that they wanted, and which they caused to be set down at a distance, and always paid for very honestly.
During this time the younger people of the town came frequently pretty near them, and would stand and look at them, and sometimes talk with them at some space between...
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