Monday, March 20, 2017

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw




I just finished listening to this book on Audible. I love My Fair Lady but the book is different. It made me smile and think.  I wanted to share two of my favorite parts.  It is definitely worth picking up for a read!
 “PICKERING: Excuse the straight question, Higgins. Are you a man of good character where women are concerned?

HIGGINS [moodily]: Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned? I find that the moment I let a woman make friends with me, she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a damned nuisance. I find that the moment I let myself make friends with a woman, I become selfish and tyrannical. Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you’re driving at another.

Pickering: At what, for example?

Higgins: Oh, Lord knows! I suppose the woman wants to live her own life; and the man wants to live his; and each tries to drag the other on to the wrong track. One wants to go north and the other south; and the result is that both have to go east, though they both hate the east wind.”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

“I have never sneered in my life. Sneering doesn't become either the human face or the human soul. I am expressing my righteous contempt for Commercialism. I don't and wont trade in affection. You call me a brute because you couldn't buy a claim on me by fetching my slippers and finding my spectacles. You were a fool: I think a woman fetching a man's slippers is a disgusting sight: did I ever fetch your slippers? I think a good deal more of you for throwing them in my face. No use slaving for me and then saying you want to be cared for: who cares for a slave?”
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

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