By Lily Prior
struggling mortician in working-class Rome, Freda simply married her repulsive ventriloquist husband, Alberto, since it was once prophesied that she'd achieve this. Now that he is vanished mysteriously with his both abhorrent dummy (who Freda suspects is really a midget), she'd like them either to stick lacking -- notwithstanding she's devastated via the simultaneous disappearance of her soul mate, Pierino, her liked speaking parrot. whereas the police examine this sequence of attainable crimes, Freda will proceed embalming via day, unleashing her caged passions at evening in a seedy cabaret (until a sad hearth leaves the owner with a tuba caught on his head), attempting to make do with a speaking hamster in lieu of pricey Pierino . . . and recalling the vagaries of existence that led her to this unlucky juncture.
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Screaming. Screaming. Screaming. All the time I was watching in slow motion. I had been damaged, I felt vaguely, but I had been wearing the seat belt. Mamma reached the height of her arc, and inevitably began to descend toward the earth. There was a slightly different note now in her scream. The force of gravity, perhaps, pulling it down a semitone. Her eyes were open wide, staring. Trailing the washing she had ripped from a clothesline in passing, she was eventually brought to a halt by an enormous palm tree, into which she crashed, and into the rough hairy trunk of which her ﬁne white front teeth sank.
At last, ﬁnally, but too late, Fiamma reached the brake. It was a heroic act. She put every last drop of her force and strength into stamping on it. Her whole body followed her foot into the well where the pedals were. She managed to bring the great hulking hungry beast to a halt a whisper short of the old man. 31 cabaret And, at the precise moment that the car stopped, Mamma took ﬂight. I watched her soar up high into the air. Her shoes fell from her feet and ﬂew away. The skirt of the green dress ﬂared like a parachute, but it couldn’t save her.
Passersby were leaning in, probing the red leather upholstery and twiddling the dials on the dashboard. When Mamma appeared, two young men rushed forward to get her autograph, for she was quite a celebrity in our neighborhood. Signor Frangiosa, who lived opposite, and who had had a crush on her for years, asked if he could take her photograph. Mamma posed on the hood for several shots, one of which was later to appear on the front of II Messaggero along with a report containing all the gruesome details.
Cabaret: A Roman Riddle by Lily Prior