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by George Bernard Shaw

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What happens during the Ambassador's garden party in Pygmalion

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Though the ambassador's garden party is not actually staged, it plays a significant role in Shaw's play Pygmalion. During the garden party, which takes place months after the start of Eliza's education under Professor Higgins, Eliza is able to convince others that she has the poise and elocution of a duchess. Her elegant behavior means that Higgins has won his bet with Colonel Pickering.

According to the post-party conversation between Higgins and Pickering, Eliza has impressed the other partygoers with her beauty and her manners. Eliza's social success is only superficial, as it means something vastly different to her than to the men involved in her transformation. To...

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