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Apart from being a mother and wife, her character is someone who is opiniated, socially conscious and has a no-nonsense attitude even when it means standing up to her larger than life husband, she says.
In one of the few "evaluations" of freshmen that has been made available, a student who denounced her "racist and opiniated [sic] father" received a "best" rating from her RA.
Indeed, it seems possible that he was the basis for the nickname 'Pozzo', or 'Pozzo di Borgo', applied pejoratively to John Maynard Keynes by Lytton Strachey.(1) Pozzo di Borgo is cited by Jean-Paul Sartre, in Being and Nothingness, as an example of anti-Napoleonic hatred,(2) thus prompting the critic David Hesla to suggest that it was from this work that Beckett drew the name.(3) This conclusion is no doubt fostered partly by a recognition that both the historical Pozzo and the literary one are imperious, opiniated, and authoritarian figures.