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It is Mrs Higgins at-home day and she is greatly displeased when Henry Higgins shows up suddenly for she knows from experience that he is too eccentric to be presentable in front of the sort of respectable company she is expecting He explains to her that he wants to bring the experiment subject on whom he has been working for some months to her at-home and explains the bet that he has made with Pickering Mrs Higgins is not pleased about this unsolicited visit from a common flower girl but she has no time to oppose before Mrs and Miss Eynsford Hill the mother and daughter from the first scene are shown into the parlor by the parlor-maid Colonel Pickering enters soon after followed by Freddy Eynsford Hill the hapless son from Covent Garden Higgins is about to really offend the company with a theory that they are all savages who know nothing about being civilized when Eliza is announced She makes quite an impact on everyone with her studied grace and pedantic speech Everything promises to go well until Mrs Eynsford Hill brings up the subject of influenza which causes Eliza to launch into the topic of her aunt who supposedly died of influenza In her excitement her old accent along with shocking facts such as her fathers alcoholism slip out Freddy thinks that she is merely affecting the new small talk and is dazzled by how well she does it He is obviously infatuated with her When Eliza gets up to leave he offers to walk her but she exclaims Walk Not bloody likely I am going in a taxi The Mrs Eynsford Hill leave immediately after Clara Miss Eynsford Hill is taken with Eliza and tries to imitate her speech After the guests leave Mrs Higgins chides Higgins She says there is no way Eliza will become presentable as long as she lives with the constantly-swearing Higgins She demands to know the
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