The human face is capable of expressing approximately
two hundred different emotive states with its mimicry.
An infant is capable of emitting that many
different sounds. For spoken communication, however,
only a few dozen are necessary. The rest are forgotten.
A child does not learn the rules of grammar, but
hears incorrect patterns of speech. And from the errors,
induces the proper usage. Later on,
personality develops, also through language. And so that
the I will not be consumed in the crematorium,
before incineration, the large tendons of the body,
placed upon the marble slab, are sliced apart, and the skull
is trepanned so it will not explode. In the end
the thighbones still must be ground to a fine white dust.
Translated from the Hungarian by Ottilie Mulzet.
© Szilárd Borbély