"Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear."
isolated, cruel, complicated
"and she had to apologize at once for her voice, which was a very unfair voice for a women to use her voice was a warm, luminous, timeless, melody." excuse me "she said, and she began again, making her voice absolutely uncompetitive.'