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The next day Higgins and Pickering are just resting from a full morning of discussion when Eliza Doolittle shows up at the door to the tremendous doubt of the discerning housekeeper Mrs Pearce and the surprise of the two gentlemen Prompted by his careless brag about making her into a duchess the night before she has come to take lessons from Higgins so that she may sound genteel enough to work in a flower shop rather than sell at the corner of Tottenham Court Road As the conversation progresses Higgins alternates between making fun of the poor girl and threatening her with a broomstick beating which only causes her to howl and holler upsetting Higgins civilized company to a considerable degree Pickering is much kinder and considerate of her feelings even going so far as to call her Miss Doolittle and to offer her a seat Pickering is piqued by the prospect of helping Eliza and bets Higgins that if Higgins is able to pass Eliza off as a duchess at the Ambassadors garden party then he Pickering will cover the expenses of the experiment This act is made up mostly of a long and animated three-sometimes four-way argument over the character and the potential of the indignant Eliza At one point incensed by Higgins heartless insults she threatens to leave but the clever professor lures her back by stuffing her mouth with a chocolate half of which he eats too to prove to her that it is not poisoned It is agreed upon that Eliza will live with Higgins for six months and be schooled in the speech and manners of a lady of high class Things get started when Mrs Pearce takes her upstairs for a bath While Mrs Pearce and Eliza are away Pickering wants to be sure that Higgins intentions towards the girl are honorable to which Higgins replies that to him women might as well be blocks of wood Mrs
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