Panga Management got rough and readily adventurous over the festive season which resulted in Kwazulu- Natal being hit like Bear Grylls on a carcass. The territory covered was vast; Up the Sani Pass to Lesotho, round-and -about Umziki Pan near False Bay and to the Kosi Bay mouth near the Mozambican border.Though PM Left the mascara in Cape Town, there are just some comforts that PM can’t go without; fresh baked- goods (milk tart, scones, and koeksisters) and if they are made by a granny even better. So when on route to the Sani Pass we drove through the small town of Himeville, and came across their annual Xmas museum fete, there was no saying no to dropping in. What better way to immerse yourself in baked goods than at a fete, so we stopped, chatted to the locals, ate a bit of baked goods (okay maybe binged is the right word ) and made a very, very interesting discovery at the book shop.
wedged between the Mills and Boon PM came across a book entitled; The Recently Deflowered Girl – The Right Thing To Say On Every Dubious Occasion by Miss Hyacinthe Phypps ( I shit you not) originally published in 1965.
The illustrations alone are too good not to share, as for the content; dark, witty and fabulously inappropriate. A synopsis of the book found here reads as follows.
An infectiously funny guide to post-deflowerment decorum, with illustrations by a master of the absurd. For more than half a century Miss Hyacinthe Phypps has been offering guidance on proper behaviour. Her simple rules of propriety and common sense have helped a generation of girls over the threshold to womanhood. Recognizing the need that prevails more today than ever before, Miss Phypps has been persuaded to bring back into print this priceless volume of her words of advice, delightfully accompanied by Edward Gorey’s ink and watercolour illustrations, that have been so valuable on so many occasions. It is the publishers’ fondest hope that this book will serve the current generation of young ladies as it served their mothers.
PM says believe it-because it’s true!