Alban ‘n’ Franz

In honor of the Berg festival happening up at Bard this month, here is a picture of Alban with writer Franz Werfel, third husband of Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel (This may be helpful if you are already confused.) The image comes from the UPenn library, which happens to possess Alma’s papers. Alban, the tall fellow, appears to be saying something, but what could it be? My best guesses:

1) Are those handcuffs too tight for you, Franz?

2) Are you really knock-kneed, or is it the suit that makes you look that way?

3) Franz, you’ve got your knickers in a knot again! Ah, well, Alma does that to men.

4) I understand you were much taller before you met Alma.

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