tirsdag, september 28, 2004


I do still read the books by Alexander McCall Smith about Mma Ramotswe, the first lady detective in Botswana. Now I read book number 4 " The Full Cupboard of Life", and here is not only one - but three quotes:

"I want you to find out about these men," said Mma Holonga. "I want to see wich men are interested in my money and wich are interested in me."
Mma Ramotswe clapped her hands in delight. "Oh, this is the sort of work I like," she said. "Judging men! Men are always looking at women and judging them. Now we have the chanche to do some judging back. Oh, this is a very good case to take on."

... the African way, where people would call out and converse with one another from opposite sides of a road, or across a wide expance of bush, careless of who heard. Such conversations could be carried on by people walking in different directions, until voices grew too faint and too distant to be properly heard and words were swallowed by the sky. That was a good way of parting from a friend, so less abrupt than words of farwell followed by silence.

"The trouble is that men would never be able to do what we do," she said. "Most men will just not cook. They are too lazy. They would rather go hugry than cook. That is a big problem for us women. If we started to do other things, then the men would fade away and die of hunger. That is the problem."
"We could train them," said Mma Ramotswe. "There is much to be said for training men."
"But you have to find a man to train," said Mma Seeonyana. "And they just run away from me....."

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