What are two examples of  verbal Irony in this story?

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Hazel and George Bergeron are watching a dance performance on television. The ballerinas, of course, are handicapped with various combinations of weight bags and masks, so that their movements and appearance are not exceptionally graceful or unusually attractive. Hazel, who is not hindered by any handicapping devices since her abilities are considered "average" and therefore not in need of modification, appreciates the dance but can't explain why.

There were tears on Hazel's cheeks, but she'd forgotten for the moment what they were about...."That was a real pretty dance, that dance they just did," said Hazel.

As another example, consider Harrison's appearance, burdened down with three hundred pounds of weights, wearing huge earphones and glasses with thick irregular lenses, a red rubber-ball clown nose, black pointed caps on his teeth, and shaved eyebrows.

"If you see this boy," said the ballerina, "do not - I repeat, do not - try to reason with him."

Would anyone in their right mind try to reason with a person having that appearance?