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Harry Mount - Christmas quotes

Features | By Harry Mount

From left: George Bernard Shaw in 1909; George Eliot, aged 30; Melvyn Bragg

Harry Mount reveals the funniest, saddest and wisest things he read, saw and heard in 2021

Will she look forward to a lifetime of fetching Higgins’s slippers or to a lifetime of Freddy fetching hers? There can be no doubt about the answer. Unless Freddy is biologically repulsive to her, and Higgins biologically attractive to a degree that overwhelms all her other instincts, she will, if she marries either of them, marry Freddy. And that is just what Eliza did. George Bernard Shaw on what happens to Eliza Doolittle in the end Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life – the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within it – can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing, soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances. George Eliot, Middlemarch ...


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