1853E. Rutherfoord inJ. MurrayIn Mid-Victorian Cape Town (1953) 40We found a very nice felt hat which we gave to one of our Coolies, telling him to keep it, in remembrance of his long walk, he gallantly replied, ‘he should keep it in remembrance of the pretty young Missus’.
1930Star 24 Jan.What are we coloured girls..to do? The behaviour of some tram conductors is unbearable. Some of them want to know where your ‘missus’ is. If told ‘there’s no missus,’ they say, ‘You can’t get on my car.’
1943Weekend News & Sunday Mag. 20 Mar. 4‘Well, my Missus is going to de Show Ball,’ goes on Katjie, ‘an if she is going dere, wat will I wear?’
1956D. JacobsonDance in Sun 146Mrs Fletcher now added..several remarks about the ingratitude of kaffirs..and of their disregard of the length of service they had had under one particular missus, or even the father of the missus.
1971‘LM’ inRand Daily Mail 27 July 12Whites would ‘all get along very much better without Non-Whites’ is a deliberate untruth — ask the Missus whose children are brought up by Black nannies?
1979W. EbersohnLonely Place 65In their world it was normal..to possess only the worn-out bits of clothing brought home by their mothers from the home of the missis after the missis’ children had outgrown them.
1986M. RamgobinWaiting to Live 151You can ask the missus to buy them and I will be able to pay her at the end of the week when I get my wages.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 18Her father wanted to sell her..to the old man, and she did not like it,..therefore she fled from the Kraal.., and she begged the ‘misses’ would let her stop and work for her.
1900H. BloreImp. Light Horseman 312Jafta pondered for a while..and then replied, ‘There are no baases there, only misseses’.
1942P. AbrahamsDark Testament 113As soon as she saw it was a white person she ran, back into the house. ‘Ma! Ma! There’s a missus at the door!’
1961T. MatshikizaChoc. for my Wife 91‘He looks cheeky, too, my baas.’ ‘Aren’t you the one there’s a complaint about from a white missus?’
1970M. Dikobe Marabi Dance. 57You can already dress like a white missus, and Jo’burg girls dress like that.
1968F.C. MetrowichFrontier Flames 229She was awakened by a rough voice shouting ‘Missus! Missus!’ She..found two men at the bedroom door. They had been sent by the chief to tell her that not a second was to be lost.
1976J. BeckerVirgins (1986) 11‘What is your name?’ ‘Yes misses.’...‘Your name. What are you called?’ Susan interpreted, and Hannah said her name was Hannah. ‘Can’t you speak English?’ ‘Yes misses.’
1980E. PatelThey Came at Dawn 9But haanetjie wants to jingle –..a dance is a dance..howsit Mister Black...I am Miss White..lets jingle jangle...‘norr missuse’ ’y-not?’ ‘cos of aparthate.’
1986J. Whyle inS. GrayMarket Plays 178This guy walks behind her for about two blocks trying to force her into alleys and things. So eventually Linda loses her temper and..says, ‘Listen fuck off!’ So he says ‘Sorry missus’ and he splits.
1990R. StengelJanuary Sun 45I used to see my father referring to whites in — how should I say it? — he referred to them with awe and undue respect. To an old white man, he would say, Oubaas, and to a woman, he would say Missus.
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