And thus, we come to the Pale Young Gentlemen and their song Fraulein. Despite the song title being a German word you’ll find no accent here, either. That’s rather too tenuous a connection to make this Anders’s theme song for the three years between Act 1 and Act 2, however. The secret lies in the lyrics.
If I could draw, I would make you a pretty picture. But I can't. And so I invite you, if you will, to picture Anders hanging out at The Hanged Man, watching Hawke and Isabela dancing on the tables. He’s been warning Hawke away from himself for a more than a year, now. This song is running through his head. He is, in fact, pining, as the chorus so clearly illustrates. The lyrics for the last verse of the song run thus:
A perfect concentration
An object of elation
Is a fraulein
She flirts without knowing
Affection of a growing
Young and unable
Yet king’s upon our table
Brother, see her, drink her milk-white glory
She will turn me down
But then at least know that I’m around
So I pine
For my fraulein.
Honestly, can’t you just see Anders calling Hawke fraulein, now? And, in case you wondered, Justice has his own theme song: Spirits in the Material World. It’s humming that to itself in an effort to recall Anders’s duties to his mind.