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by George Bernard Shaw

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Why does Higgins agree to educate the flower girl in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion?

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Henry Higgins, a linguist, happens to overhear Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle speaking in lower class dialect at Covent Garden. He brags that:

in three months I could pass that girl off as a duchess at an ambassador's garden party.

He goes home, thinking no more of that passing comment or of the Cockney flower seller.

In her cold room, however, Eliza ponders what Higgins said about teaching her to speak like lady. She'd like a better life for herself, so she boldly shows up at his doorstep the next day. She demands lessons and offers to pay a shilling apiece for them.

Higgins is ready to throw her...

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