This morning the metro was terribly crowded. Pressed against me on the train was A Woman - a woman of medium height, an intermediate grade of prettiness, dressed in a shirt and trousers of unexceptionable tones, greys and browns.
She averaged out to an comfortable level of nonentity.
But - Her lips were thick and heavy, painted with a dark red lipstick. Her eyelashes werecurled with mascara and layered with false eyelashes, and under each eye - only underneath - she had rimmed her eye-sockets with a shimmering iridescent blue shadow. The effect was startling. I thought of a tropical reef fish - bright slashes of color catching in the light of passing stations - coral bones bleached white - porcelain skeleton under blue skin.