Describe Freddy. What is the major difference in his attitude toward Eliza now as compared to act 1?

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In Act 3 of George Bernard Shaw comedy of manners, Pygmalion, we encounter a Freddy who is much more light in presence and character yet more in charge of himself than the Freddy that we see in Act. 1.

When we first encounter Eliza, she has just sold flowers to Freddy;s mother but also becomes part of an ugly row that ends with Freddy finding a cab after being unable to find a cab for his mother and sister, and providing it to Eliza only to be shun by her.

We see that Freddy is consistently trying to please his female family members but does not seem to be able to do anything to their satisfaction.  When Freddy meets Eliza for the first time, the scenario is quite dysfunctional: Eliza sells flowers to his mother and shortly someone tells her that a note-taker has been writing down every word that she is saying. After a huge row takes place, Freddy has witnessed a very irate and challenging woman in Eliza, for which he says in the end "I'm dazzled".

Contrastingly, Act III shows a very well-prepared Eliza whose posh and exaggerated poise both attracts, infatuates, and amazes Freddy. In the end, Freddy basically begs to see Eliza again. She sees in her now a pragmatic woman who is both funny and serious, allowing for many wonderful opportunities for special moments. He certainly is now infatuated and perhaps even falling for Eliza.