Never was there a beautiful soul in such a frightful little body, but in spite of his appearance everybody loved him. The queen, his mother, called him Curlicue, because it was a name she rather liked, and it seemed to suit him.
La reine sa mère voulut qu'on l'appelât Torticoli; soit qu'elle aimât ce nom, ou qu'étant effectivement tout de travers, elle crût avoir rencontré ce qui lui convenait davantage.
The evasions and rhetorical curlicues of a man with something to hide.
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