I know what you're going to say about Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. A snobby British guy in a Sherlock suit tries to “improve” a working. Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological figure. It was Shaw mentioned that the character of Professor Henry Higgins was inspired by Alfred Doolittle, Eliza's father, appears with the sole purpose of getting .. position, as the funny, clumsy, bad-mannered part of the relationship. If you know the musical, you recall that Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower But the relationship between Shaw's “sculptor,” Higgins, and his.
She came on board almost immediately, but her mild nervous breakdown contributed to the delay of a London production. Campbell as Eliza and Tree as Higgins, running for performances. A group of people are sheltering from the rain. Among them are the Eynsford-Hills, superficial social climbers eking out a living in "genteel poverty", consisting initially of Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and her daughter Clara.
Clara's brother Freddy enters having earlier been dispatched to secure them a cab which they can ill-affordbut being rather timid and faint-hearted he has failed to do so. As he goes off once again to find a cab, he bumps into a flower girl, Eliza.
Her flowers drop into the mud of Covent Gardenthe flowers she needs to survive in her poverty-stricken world. Shortly they are joined by a gentleman, Colonel Pickering. While Eliza tries to sell flowers to the Colonel, a bystander informs her that a man is writing down everything she says. The man is Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics. Eliza worries that Higgins is a police officer and will not calm down until Higgins introduces himself.
It soon becomes apparent that he and Colonel Pickering have a shared interest in phonetics; indeed, Pickering has come from India to meet Higgins, and Higgins was planning to go to India to meet Pickering. Higgins tells Pickering that he could pass off the flower girl as a duchess merely by teaching her to speak properly.
These words of bravado spark an interest in Eliza, who would love to make changes in her life and become more mannerly, even though, to her, it only means working in a flower shop. At the end of the act, Freddy returns after finding a taxi, only to find that his mother and sister have gone and left him with the cab. The streetwise Eliza takes the cab from him, using the money that Higgins tossed to her, leaving him on his own.
Pearce, tells him that a young girl wants to see him. Eliza has shown up because she wishes to talk like a lady in a flower shop.
She tells Higgins that she will pay for lessons. He shows no interest, but she reminds him of his boast the previous day. Higgins claimed that he could pass her for a duchess. Pickering makes a bet with him on his claim, and says that he will pay for her lessons if Higgins succeeds. She is sent off to have a bath. Pearce tells Higgins that he must behave himself in the young girl's presence, meaning he must stop swearing, and improve his table manners, but he is at a loss to understand why she should find fault with him.
Alfred Doolittle, Eliza's father, appears with the sole purpose of getting money out of Higgins, having no paternal interest in his daughter's welfare. He sees himself as a member of the undeserving poor, and means to go on being undeserving. With his intelligent mind untamed by education, he has an eccentric view of life. He is also aggressive, and when Eliza, on her return, sticks her tongue out at him, he goes to hit her, but is prevented by Pickering.
The scene ends with Higgins telling Pickering that they really have got a difficult job on their hands. Act Three[ edit ] Mrs. Higgins' drawing room Higgins bursts in and tells his mother he has picked up a "common flower girl" whom he has been teaching.
Higgins is not very impressed with her son's attempts to win her approval because it is her 'at home' day and she is entertaining visitors. The visitors are the Eynsford-Hills.
Higgins is rude to them on their arrival. Eliza enters and soon falls into talking about the weather and her family. Whilst she is now able to speak in beautifully modulated tones, the substance of what she says remains unchanged from the gutter.
She confides her suspicions that her aunt was killed by relatives, and mentions that gin had been "mother's milk" to this aunt, and that Eliza's own father was always more cheerful after a goodly amount of gin.
Higgins passes off her remarks as "the new small talk", and Freddy is enraptured. When she is leaving, he asks her if she is going to walk across the park, to which she replies, "Walk?
Campbell was considered to have risked her career by speaking the line on stage. She says the girl is not presentable and is very concerned about what will happen to her, but neither Higgins nor Pickering understands her thoughts of Eliza's future, and leave feeling confident and excited about how Eliza will get on.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ELIZA AND HIGGINS
Higgins feeling exasperated, and exclaiming, "Men! A tired Eliza sits unnoticed, brooding and silent, while Pickering congratulates Higgins on winning the bet. Higgins scoffs and declares the evening a "silly tomfoolery", thanking God it's over and saying that he had been sick of the whole thing for the last two months.
Still barely acknowledging Eliza beyond asking her to leave a note for Mrs. Pearce regarding coffee, the two retire to bed. Higgins returns to the room, looking for his slippers, and Eliza throws them at him. Higgins is taken aback, and is at first completely unable to understand Eliza's preoccupation, which aside from being ignored after her triumph is the question of what she is to do now.
When Higgins does understand he makes light of it, saying she could get married, but Eliza interprets this as selling herself like a prostitute. Furious with himself for losing his temper, he damns Mrs.
Pearce, the coffee and then Eliza, and finally himself, for "lavishing" his knowledge and his "regard and intimacy" on a "heartless guttersnipe", and retires in great dudgeon.
Eliza roots around in the fireplace and retrieves the ring. Act Five[ edit ] Mrs. Higgins' drawing room — the next morning Higgins and Pickering, perturbed by the discovery that Eliza has walked out on them, call on Mrs.
Higgins to phone the police. Higgins is particularly distracted, since Eliza had assumed the responsibility of maintaining his diary and keeping track of his possessions, which causes Mrs. Higgins to decry their calling the police as though Eliza were "a lost umbrella".
Doolittle is announced; he emerges dressed in splendid wedding attire and is furious with Higgins, who after their previous encounter had been so taken with Doolittle's unorthodox ethics that he had recommended him as the "most original moralist in England" to a rich American founding Moral Reform Societies; the American had subsequently left Doolittle a pension worth three thousand pounds a year, as a consequence of which Doolittle feels intimidated into joining the middle class and marrying his missus.
She protects herself "I am a good girl! The mere pronunciation is easy enough. I want to talk like a lady. As time goes by, Higgins and Eliza get used to each other, although they don't admit that to anyone, not even to themselves.
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Higgins might be a friend, a father, or even a lover to her, and in the course of the play they begin to show feelings for each other and their relationship develops beyond their professional interests. In Act 4 the conflicts between the two begin to prevail and both, especially Eliza, show their anger! Her pride is wounded, because Higgins never thanks her for anything and Higgins is offended by Eliza, because she throws his slippers into his face and says that in Higgins eyes she would be just one of the girls he and Pickering pick up to experiment on.
When she gives Higgins back the ring, which he has bought her as a present, he looses his temper, which has never happened to him before, and he says: When Eliza leaves Higgins he is furious and tells his mother, that he needs her, because he can't find anything and wouldn't even know his dates without Eliza's help.
Henry Higgins is not worried about her, or disappointed that she left him and that she can live without him, he just thinks about the practical "use" of Eliza. In Act 5 Eliza still has control and Higgins feels helpless: For the first time she finds revenge and "got a little back of her own". Later Higgins explains to Eliza, that he has behaved to her like to everybody else. He would never have behaved differently, because she was just a flower girl. Having the same manner for all human souls, Higgins made no differences.