L'arbre à pain de Célestine Hitiura Vaite
Keeping a wedding a secret is like keeping any kind of secret. It’s not complicated. Basically, when you bump into a relative, you bite your tongue for a few seconds and hurry to make small conversation. So far, in the space of half a day, Materena has bumped into six relatives and told them nothing of her secret plan. When they asked her, ‘So, what’s the news?’ She replied – with her normal voice – ‘There’s no news Cousin. It’s still the same, and how’s everything with you?’
Now, however, with her mother visiting, Materena is very tempted to exclaim, ‘Eh Mamie! You’re never going to guess! Pito asked for my hand!’ But Materena bites her tongue instead.