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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Chapters 13-15 June 16, 2007

Posted by Han in The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Sm.

How surprising is Mme Ramotswe’s response to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni’s marriage proposal?



1. bethany3boys - June 18, 2007

The Handsome Man chapter/case made me laugh so hard. I can’t believe she seduced him herself. That was hilarious. And I saw Alice Busang’s reaction coming a mile away….which also really made me laugh.

It is funny reading all the cases and how she solves them in her own simple way….might not always be the best way. But sure keeps me laughing.

2. Michelle - June 27, 2007

Strange response to a proposal huh?

Even her apology “I’m very sorry… I should like you to know that if I were ever to marry anybody… I would choose a man like you. I would even choose you…” haha. Well I’m sure that was reassuring to him?!?! A man like you? hehe.

3. Michelle - June 27, 2007

Yeah, I could see showing the wife a picture of the husband kissing her wasn’t going to go over well either. But kinda like a woman though eh? Why are we like that?!?!

4. Heather - June 30, 2007

I loved her quote at the beginning of Chapter 13 — “If she had listened to her father, if she had listened to the cousin’s husband, she would never have married Note and the years of unhappiness would never have occurred. But they did, because she was headstrong, as everybody is at the age of twenty, and when we simply cannot see, however much we may think we can. The world is full of twenty-year-olds, she thought, all of them blind.” Isn’t that a great description of the way young people think? They just cannot see, even though they think they can.

5. Heather - June 30, 2007

I was surprised by her response to his proposal, especially since the first time she talked about Mr. Matekoni she respresented him as being great husband material! “He was a comfortable man, and she wondered why he had never married. He was not handsome, but he had an easy, reassuring face. He would have been the sort of husband that any woman would have liked to have about the house. He would fix things and stay in at night and perhaps even help with some of the domestic chores — something that so few men would ever dream of doing.” p. 87, Chptr. 8 Then, a few pages after her refusal/apology, she says this! “All women in Botswana were the victims of the fecklessness of men. There were virtually no men these days who would marry a woman and settle down to look after her children; men like that seemed to be a thing of the past.” p. 140 Uhhh, hello! What about Matekoni???? 🙂

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