Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Question 480: Casting pearls before swine

Below is an excerpt from the introduction of one of the most well loved works of fiction ever produced.

"AS will be seen later on, __X___needs, not a preface, but a sequel, which I have supplied in its due place.

  The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it. They spell it so abominably that no man can teach himself what it sounds like. It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him. German and Spanish are accessible to foreigners: English is not accessible even to Englishmen. The reformer England needs today is a__________: that is why I have made such a one the hero."


Connect it to this painting, which belongs to a family of 4 paintings on this very subject __X__.
( All four paintings will be released in order when the answer is given out)


  1. ID X
  2. Then if you're feeling lucky or generous, ID what the person believes is the need, who he supplied as the hero, and the author.
  3. But im mainly concerned about X, since too many questions seem to exhaustion in the extinguished. (Smirk)


X: Pygmalion, the play by George Bernard Shaw.
The Blank: a phonetic enthusiast (he didn't specifically mention "enry "iggins"

The portrait:

Of Pyglamion, the sculptor and Gelatea, his creation.
(Archimonde got it completely right)


Nagaratna said...

X - Pygmalion
Needs an energetic phonetic enthsiast-(googled bit)
Henry Higgins is the hero.
George Bernard Shaw, the playwright :)

Dedicated student, aren't you?

Archimonde said...

X- Pygmalion
The painting is "The Hand Refrains"(second series) by Edward Burne Jones
The family of 4 paintings is as follows:
1. The Heart Desires
2. The Hand Refrains
3. The Godhead Fires
4. The Soul Attains

Rohan said...

X: Pygmalion by George Bernars Shaw

SyntaXerroR said...

X is Pygmalion by GB Shaw

Those are the Edward Burne-Jones paintings Pygmalion.

Nerrad said...

pygmalion, painting pygmalion and galatea, 2 phonetician needed and the guy is that dude.. bernard shaw..

madafterknowledge said...

X is Pygmalion...by George Bernard Shaw and the phrase is a phonetic enthusiast (i guess :p ) !

Priyank Mehta said...

The painting is part of the Pygmalion series by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.
The hero is Higgins, an energetic phonetic enthusiast :P