Mr. G. Bernard Shaw unlike Other social critics did not differentiate between sentiment and sentimentality. Sentiment for them was the natural offspring of Romanticism, and Romanticism was worthy of all respect.
But Mr. Shaw suspected even Romanticism. Romanticism, in his opinion, was responsible for sentimentality. Out it must all go, root and branch. The trouble was how to draw attention to a gospel so antipathetic to the Englishman’s temperament. Being endowed with unlimited pertinacity, audacity, and a pretty wit, he soon managed to attract attention.