In George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, who is Eliza Doolittle?

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In George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion, the character of Eliza Doolittle is described by the playwright as a destitute, clearly uneducated flower girl plying her trade on the rainy sidewalks of upper class London.  When Eliza is introduced, it is in the midst of a collision with a doorman frantically attempting to locate a cab for an exceedingly unreasonable woman and her daughter.  Cast once more into the torrential downpour, the hapless doorman collides with Eliza, described as follows:

“She is not at all an attractive person. She is perhaps eighteen, perhaps twenty, hardly older. She wears a little sailor hat of black straw that has long been exposed to the dust and soot of...

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