Many dancers are not at all handsome

Gaunt length hardened into angles the man he was to be. All nose on incredibly big feet. The not distant future in which he was to be famous swam with just such illusions: began to do unaccountable things. A little fun – nicht? Siboni tapped Hans’ thin chest making the room ring. It was his big bone structure. (He needed no make-up to play the part of a troll.) What to the voice happened then? Splinter-like legs drove both to the verge of frenzy quite unintelligible to anyone but himself. No use thinking shivered in the corner. Throat tightly closed. The world would look different after soup.

from The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye 2012)