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Monday, 4 April 2011

Love potion

In a lighter note, Bosman's "Love Potion".

"You mention the juba plant(Oom Schalk Lourens said). Oh, yes, everybody in the Marico knows the juba plant. It grows high up on the krantzes, and they say you must pick off one of its little berries at midnight under the full moon. Then, if you are a young man, and you are anxious for a girl to fall in love with you, all you have to do is to squeeze the juice of the juba-berry into her coffee.


They say that after the girl has drunk the juba-juice she begins to forget all sorts of things. She forgets that your forehead is rather low, and that your ears stick out, and that your mouth is too big. She even forgets having told you, the week before last, that she wouldn't marry you if you were the only man in Transvaal.


All she knows is that the man she gazes at, over her coffee cup, has grown remarkably handsome. You can see from this, that the plant must be very potent in its effects. I mean, if you consider what some of the men in the Marico look like".


Oom honorific title = Uncle, Krantzes =Cliffs