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Subject: quote to ponder
From: "Kate Gladstone & Andrew S. Haber" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Mar 2000 18:21:49 -0500

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Did you ever wonder what PYGMALION'S Eliza Doolittle got involved in *after*
Henry Higgins taught her to speak the Queen's English?

Quoting from the Afterword to PYGMALION:

"Eliza, ... though she ... had acquired a certain familiarity with the
language of Milton from her struggles to qualify herself for winning
Higgins's bet, could not write out a bill without disgracing the [florist's]
establishment ... the effort that cost her the deepest humiliation was a
request to Higgins, whose pet artistic fancy, next to Milton's verse, was
caligraphy [sic], and who himself wrote a most beautiful Italian hand, that
he would teach her how to write. He declared that she was congenitally
incapable of forming a single letter worthy of the least of Milton's words ;
but she persisted; and again he suddenly threw himself into the task of
teaching her with a combination of stormy intensity, concentrated patience,
and occasional bursts of interesting disquisition on the beauty and
nobility, the august mission and destiny, of human handwriting. Eliza ended
by acquiring an extremely uncommercial scriipt which was a positive
extension of her personal beauty, and spending three times as much on
stationery as anyone else because certain qualities and shapes of paper
became indispensable to her. She could not even address an envelope in the
usual way because it made the margins all wrong."

[pages 289-291 of the 1939 Constable and Company London/Edinburgh edition]

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