The inspiration for movies such as Pretty Woman and Miss Congeniality. Take an ugly duckling and try to transform her into a beatiful swan, that sort of thing. This witty play by Bernard Shaw isn't as straightforward as that though. Here the newly transformed swan starts biting back, dissatisfied with her fate. And so, while those movies end in safe romance, Pygmalion retains its sharp edges. There certainly are some vibrations between Eliza Doolittle and her Professor Higgins, but they lead more to bickering than spooning. The more delighting for the reader, I should say.
23 June 2008