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    stand in my girl’s light

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    No, Governor. Don’t say that. I am not the man to stand in my girl’s light. Here’s a career opening for her, as you might say… (B. Shaw, “Pygmalion”)

    stand in someone’s light = stand in someone’s way, put obstacles in someone’s path

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    Re: stand in my girl’s light

    Yes.

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    Re: stand in my girl’s light

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    No, Governor. Don’t say that. I am not the man to stand in my girl’s light. Here’s a career opening for her, as you might say… (B. Shaw, “Pygmalion”)

    stand in someone’s light = stand in someone’s way, put obstacles in someone’s path

    V.
    Sort of - but it's a rather indirect sort of obstacle. He's not talking about physically/actually impeding her advancement. It's not so much 'standing in someone's way'; it's behaving in a way that makes their life slightly less comfortable.

    I think you probably know this, but the image is to do with the convention by which a person is said to possess the light they're using. If I'm reading a book and someone stands between me and the window, I might say 'You're in my light'.


    b

    PS The link between natural light and actual possessions is enshrined in the law of Ancients Lights (File:Ancient lights 16092006.JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

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