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Higgins and Pickering show up the next day at Mrs Higgins home in a state of distraction because Eliza has run away They are interrupted by Alfred Doolittle who enters resplendently dressed as if he were the bridegroom of a very fashionable wedding He has come to take issue with Henry Higgins for destroying his happiness It turns out that Higgins wrote a letter to a millionaire jokingly recommending Doolittle as a most original moralist so that in his will the millionaire left Doolittle a share in his trust amounting to three thousand pounds a year provided that he lecture for the Wannafeller Moral Reform World League Newfound wealth has only brought him more pain than pleasure as long lost relatives emerge from the woodwork asking to be fed not to mention that he is now no longer free to behave in his casual slovenly dustman ways He has been damned by middle class morality The talk degenerates into a squabble over who owns Eliza Higgins or her father Higgins did give the latter five pounds for her after all To stop them Mrs Higgins sends for Eliza who has been upstairs all along But first she tells Doolittle to step out on the balcony so that the she will not be shocked by the story of his new fortune When she enters Eliza takes care to behave very civilly Pickering tells her she must not think of herself as an experiment and she expresses her gratitude to him She says that even though Higgins was the one who trained the flower girl to become a duchess Pickering always treated her like a duchess even when she was a flower girl His treatment of her taught her not phonetics but self-respect Higgins is speaking incorrigibly harshly to her when her father reappears surprising her badly He tells her that he is all dressed up because he is on his way to get married to his
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