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Act II What are Mrs. Pearce's objections when Higgins decides to keep Eliza in his house?

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jenny37 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM via web

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Act II

What are Mrs. Pearce's objections when Higgins decides to keep Eliza in his house?

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 10:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Pearce has two main objections when Higgins wants to have Eliza stay at his house. The first is that it is simply not proper in that time and place. Eliza is a young, unmarried woman, and such things are not done by proper people. Mrs. Pearce also knows Higgins well, and is concerned with what will become of Eliza after Higgins is finished with her. Eliza will be someone with the correct social skills and accents to fit in with the wealthy people, but will have no resources after Higgins is done with her. There is also fear on her part of what the interaction will do to Higgins--it seems there is some part of Mrs. Pearce that is simply distressed about how Higgins treats people as subjects, and what it will do to him eventually.

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goldenmary | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM (Answer #2)

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Mrs. Pearce has two main objections when Higgins wants to have Eliza stay at his house. The first is that it is simply not proper in that time and place. Eliza is a young, unmarried woman, and such things are not done by proper people. Mrs. Pearce also knows Higgins well, and is concerned with what will become of Eliza after Higgins is finished with her. Eliza will be someone with the correct social skills and accents to fit in with the wealthy people, but will have no resources after Higgins is done with her. There is also fear on her part of what the interaction will do to Higgins--it seems there is some part of Mrs. Pearce that is simply distressed about how Higgins treats people as subjects, and what it will do to him eventually.

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misbah-irshad | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 19, 2011 at 10:56 PM (Answer #3)

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Mrs. Pearce has a number of objections in  keeping Eliza in Higgins house as firstly she thinks that higgins cant take up a girl as if he is "picking up a pebble on the beach". Mrs. Pearce also knows Higgins skills , therefore fears that what Eliza will di after Higgins is finished with her.Also she was upset because when higgins is treating his pupil, his behaviour varies from a bit of harrassing to extreme anger when anything goes wrong.

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