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Off for a bit

I'm about to leave to go to Cairns for the week. I don't know how much time or inclination I will have to do these posts, although I suspect that I will at least give a short one after my talk.

Anyway, I just finished reading Pygmalion. I thought about doing a review with Eliza Doolittle being taken on as a phonetics PhD, but it just seemed too easy. Either way, I have now read two books in a row where none of the protagonists die in the end. Admittedly, one of these books was a list of special features about all the numbers from 1 to 100, and I could make some bad joke about 7 8 9, but I won't.

But without any further ado, here's Pygmalion, with references to the screen adaptation. Eliza Doolittle, played by Julia Roberts is an attractive young woman working on a street corner. She is found by the ruthless, self-centred, unfeeling Henry Higgins, played by Richard Gere, who believes that, given some time, he can turn her from a common slut (language used in the book, not my editorialising) into a respectable lady. He is successful. In the end (in the book) she falls in love with someone else and they marry and they work hard and build a business not un-related to her original profession. In the movie, she falls in love with Higgins, and he wants her to use her professional expertise for him alone. Flower arranging, that is.


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