This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

April 30, 2009

Everybody Plays the Fool: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

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JLB is in love.

But then, we already knew that. What we may not have known before this past Sunday’s episode is the lengths he is willing to go to win the (at least for now) unwinable heart of Precious Ramotswe. Everyone has advice to give. Most of that advice involves JLB presenting himself as someone other than JLB. Surely he knows the lady detective better than that.

She will not be swayed by the inauthentic.

But perhaps she will be swayed by JLB’s loving care of something (her white “van”) that she loves and cares for so much—and that is a material symbol of a someone (her late father) who she loved and cared for and who loved and cared for her so much in return. Perhaps she will also hear and see how she is making JLB feel—as if he is being used, his time and his willingness to assist being taken for granted….

Everybody plays the fool, Mr. JLB Matekoni. Sometimes. There are no exceptions to this rule.

JLB’s own housekeeper is playing the fool—for him.

Mr. Patel—the first non Black African resident we have seen—is apparently being played by his young daughter, who has ideas of her own about how she spends her time (and with whom).

The butcher, Rra Badule, is being played by his wife. This, he already suspected even before appearing at Mma Ramotswe’s door. But he will accept it, apparently, for the sake of the boy he loves so much and the hope (likely misguided) of a better future with his wife.

Everybody plays the fool. Sometimes.

***Previous No. 1 Ladies’ posts here.***

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