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The next day Higgins and Pickering are just resting from a full morning ofdiscussion when Eliza Doolittle shows up at the door to the tremendous doubt of thediscerning housekeeper Mrs Pearce and the surprise of the two gentlemen Prompted byhis careless brag about making her into a duchess the night before she has come to takelessons from Higgins so that she may sound genteel enough to work in a flower shoprather than sell at the corner of Tottenham Court Road As the conversation progressesHiggins alternates between making fun of the poor girl and threatening her with abroomstick beating which only causes her to howl and holler upsetting Higgins civilizedcompany to a considerable degree Pickering is much kinder and considerate of herfeelings even going so far as to call her Miss Doolittle and to offer her a seat Pickeringis piqued by the prospect of helping Eliza and bets Higgins that if Higgins is able to passEliza off as a duchess at the Ambassadors garden party then he Pickering will cover theThis act is made up mostly of a long and animated three-sometimes four-wayargument over the character and the potential of the indignant Eliza At one pointincensed by Higgins heartless insults she threatens to leave but the clever professor luresher back by stuffing her mouth with a chocolate half of which he eats too to prove to herthat it is not poisoned It is agreed upon that Eliza will live with Higgins for six monthsand be schooled in the speech and manners of a lady of high class Things get started whenMrs Pearce takes her upstairs for a bathWhile Mrs Pearce and Eliza are away Pickering wants to be sure that Higginsintentions towards the girl are honorable to which Higgins replies that to him womenmight as well be blocks of wood Mrs Pearce enters to warn Higgins that he should bemore careful with his swearing and his forgetful table manners now that they have animpressionable young lady
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