This is Sophie. But we can’t tell her that, because she’s convinced that when she dons these lovely glasses, she becomes a hippo.
The glasses were her father’s. From way back in his bachelor days when he had no wife to help him make such important fashion choices.
The Hippo is reading from Winnie The Pooh.
A very deep and thought provoking book, by the way.
This is actually preferable to Sophie’s other condition, which is Hippo Schizophrenia. When she is suffering from this other condition, she hears a hippo talking to her. A hippo who, in fact, carries on very long and belligerent conversations. A hippo who “lives in her neck”.