As will be seen later on, Pygmalion needs, not a preface, but a sequel, which I have supplied in its due place.
PREFACE TO PYGMALION.
I wish to boast that Pygmalion has been an extremely successful play all over Europe and North America as well as at home.
Pygmalion Higgins is not a portrait of Sweet, to whom the adventure of Eliza Doolittle would have been impossible; still, as will be seen, there are touches of Sweet in the play.
PYGMALION BERNARD SHAW 1912 TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: In the printed version of this text, all apostrophes for contractions such as "can’t", "wouldn’t" and "he’d" were omitted, to read as "cant", "wouldnt", and "hed".
Galatea never does quite like Pygmalion: his relation to her is too godlike to be altogether agreeable.
Put that along with her resentment of Higgins’s domineering superiority, and her mistrust of his coaxing cleverness in getting round her and evading her wrath when he had gone too far with his impetuous bullying, and you will see that Eliza’s instinct had good grounds for warning her not to marry her Pygmalion.
There are no more uses of "Pygmalion" in the play.
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Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
This is the secret of her birth: a Gothic Pygmalion, who was making gargoyles for cathedrals, fell in love with one of them, the most horrible, one fine morning.