January 22, 2008

Bush tea versus ordinary tea

I am reading the sixth book in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith - In the Company of Cheerful Ladies. I have not read the fourth The Kalahari Typing School for Men) and fifth(The Full Cupboard of Life) books; no copies are available at my library. I realized, in the third book, Morality for Beautiful Girls, that there are many references to drinking tea. I would like to share my favorite passage about tea from In the Company of Cheerful Ladies.
"Ah!" exclaimed Mma Ramotswe. "That is a very fine tea-pot, Mma! Look at it! Look at the flowers on the side. That is very fine. Our bush tea will taste very good if it is brewed in so handsome a tea-pot!"
Mma Makutsi swallowed. "I will not be making bush tea," she blurted out. "I mean, I will make bush tea for you, as usual, but I want to make my own tea, ordinary tea, in this pot. Just for me. Ordinary tea. You can drink bush tea and I will drink ordinary tea."
"I'm sorry, Mma," said Mma Makutsi. "I'm very sorry. I do not want you to think that I am a rude person. I am not. But I have tried and tried to like bush tea and now I must speak what is in my heart. And my heart says that I have preferred ordinary tea all along. That is why I bought this special tea-pot."
Mma Ramotswe nodded. "Then we shall have different tea," she said. "Just as we did in the past. I have my tea, and you have yours. That is the solution to this difficult problem."
With those decsions made, Mma Makutsi put on the kettle and, watched by Mma Ramotswe, she ladled into the new tea-pot a quantity of her tea, her ordinary tea. Then she fetched Mma Ramotswe's tea-pot, which looked distinctly battered beside the fine new china tea-pot, and into this she put the correct quantity of bush tea.
(pages 39 - 43)
Good news! The No.1 film, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Jill Scott Scoot as Mma Ramotswe, will air on BBC this Easter.

1 comment :

  1. What a wonderful excerpt - thanks for sharing! :-) Perhaps our public television channel will pick up the BBC movie eventually (we do get a lot of BBC programming in the evenings)...


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