........ Woman playing the piano, black straight oily bob, lots of rouge on her brown cheeks, lots of rouge on her big mouth. Earrings in her ears, pink silk dress and a big rope of pearl beads. Got a voice like a crazy cow. Got a voice like a hell's imp sitting on her tongue. Shouting up at the clarinet player, shaking their fingers at each other and smiling at each other.
Dorothy B. Hughes
Black and White Blues
from A Book of Stories and Sketches 1959