Traditional v less substantial construction

I love Alexander McCall Smith’s books about Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi and The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

For those who have not read them, Mma Ramotswe is a larger lady – or, as she puts it, “traditionally built”.

In this extract from The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party Mma Ramotswe has been offered a glass of water “A big glass. Very big”.

“She did not blink. Why did he imagine that she would want a very big glass? Was it because she was traditionally built? If so then he had no right to assume that a traditionally built person would drink more than a moderate amount of water. Traditionally built people did not necessarily eat or drink more than those of less substantial construction. It just did not follow.”

So, those of you who are of less substantial construction, remember Mma Ramotswe when you think the traditionally built among us are big eaters!


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