Best lines came from snobbiest character

By Alisa Boswell

Alisa Boswell

Alisa Boswell


After finding a VHS player last week, I got to fulfill my longing to watch “My Fair Lady,” the Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison musical rendition of George Bernard Shaw’s play, “Pygmalion.”

Yes, I still own VHS tapes and that is one of them.

Harrison was truly the perfect choice for the role of the arrogant Prof. Henry Higgins just as Hepburn was superb as his leading lady, Eliza Doolittle.

As terrible as he is to Eliza, some of the funniest lines in the movie come from Higgins and his snobbishness:

• Talking to Eliza: “Yes, you squashed cabbage, you disgrace to the noble architecture of these columns; you incarnate insult to the English language.”

• In reference to Eliza: “I’ll make a Dutchess of this gutter-tailed dragonsnipe” and “I’ll make a queen of that barbarous wretch.”

• Talking to Eliza: “If you refuse this offer, you will be the most ungrateful, wicked girl and the angels will weep for you.”

• Higgins’ friend, Col. Pickering: “Are you a man of good character where women are concerned?”

Higgins: “Have you ever met a man of good character where women are concerned?”

• And my all time favorite: “The majesty and grandeur of the English language is the greatest possession we have.”


Alisa Boswell loves literature and movies and writes for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her at or 356-4481 or on Facebook at Cmi staff-Alisa Boswell.

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