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Pygmalion

Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

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Quote #7

MRS. HIGGINS. But what has my son done to you, Mr. Doolittle?
DOOLITTLE. Done to me! Ruined me. Destroyed my happiness. Tied me up and delivered me into the hands of middle class morality. (5.54-55)

Doolittle, like his daughter, seems uninterested in the usual kinds of success. Higgins has ruined him by getting him a job as a lecturer and a huge income. He was happier being poor and "undeserving."

Quote #8

LIZA [much troubled] I want a little kindness. I know I'm a common ignorant girl, and you a book-learned gentleman; but I'm not dirt under your feet. What I done [correcting herself] what I did was not for the dresses and the taxis: I did it because we were pleasant together and I come—came—to care for you; not to want you to make love to me, and not forgetting the difference between us, but more friendly like. (5.248)

Ultimately, Eliza wants support and love instead of money and stature; she wants to be a good girl, and be appreciated for being one.

Quote #9

I'll marry Freddy, I will, as soon as he's able to support me. (5.252)

Eliza says this to threaten Higgins after he suggests she marry a rich man, perhaps even Pickering. Whether or not her statement is sincere, it represents a more conventional dream than her original plan, and certainly one more realistic than Higgins's.

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