Pygmalion Study Guide

circumstance, meet
What purpose does the rain shower serve?
– It gives the main characters a relatively believable ____________ under which to ____

police officer, phonetician
The note taker is assumed to be of what profession? What actually is his profession?
– The others assume he is a ______ _______ of some kind. He is actually a ___________

right, live
What does the note taker say about a “woman who utters such depressing and disgusting sounds”?
– He says she “has no _____ to be anywhere—no right to ____.” (18)

duchess, ambassador
The note taker brags about what he could do for the flower girl within three months. What does he claim?
– He claims that he could pass her off as a _______ at an __________’s garden party

flower girl, mother, daughter, money,
Who takes the cab Freddy brings? Why?
– The ______ ____ takes the cab Freddy brings.
The ______ and ________ have left for the bus, and the flower girl feels rich because of the _____ which Professor Higgins gave her.

What do Higgins and Pickering have in common?
– They both study ______

use, waste, cylinder,
When Higgins recognizes the flower girl, what is his reaction?
– He says that “she’s no ___. . . . I’m not going to _____ another ________ on it. Be off with you; I don’t want you.” (26)

learn, speak, flower shop
What does Eliza Doolittle want?
– She wants to _____ how to _____ well enough to be able to be hired to work in a ______ ____ instead of on the street corner.

dustbin, object, nice
Even after he agrees to teach her, what is Higgins’ attitude towards Eliza?
– “She’s deliciously low—so horribly dirty. […] Put her in the _______ .” (29-30) He treats her as an ______ —and not a very ____ object, either.

housekeeper, reason
Describe Mrs. Pearce’s role.
– She is the ___________ for Higgins and tries to be the voice of ______: “You mustn’t talk like that to her. […] Stop, Mr. Higgins. I won’t allow it. It’s you that are wicked.” (31) “But what’s to become of her? Is she to be paid anything? Do be sensible, sir.” (32)

chocolates, taxis, gold, diamonds
Eliza determines to leave rather than to be further insulted. How does Higgins persuade her to stay?
– He offers her c_________ and promises her t____, g___, and d_______.

morals, low-class, right, wrong, sensitive
What is the point of the bath scene?
– It shows Eliza has ideas of ______ and decency even though she is ___-_____ and “vulgar.” She has a personal code of _____ and _____and is _________.

curse, robe, clothes, example
Mrs. Pearce makes some suggestions to Higgins. What are they?
-She asks him to _____-less, to not sit around in his ____, to not wipe his hands on his _______, and to try to be a good _______ for his pupil.

money, blackmail
Why did Alfred Doolittle come to see Professor Higgins?
– He wanted to get _____ for himself, to _________ Higgins in order to get a little money.

class, responsibility, free, expectations
Doolittle says, “I’m undeserving, and I mean to go on being undeserving.” Why does he not want to better himself?
– If he rises in _____, he also will rise in ______________. He wants a ____ life, free from responsibility and people’s ____________.

waste, guilty, responsibility
Why does Doolittle want only five pounds instead of the ten he is offered?
– He can _____ five pounds without feeling ______. Ten pounds would require ______________.

mother, daughter
Who are Mrs. and Miss Eynsford Hill?
– They are the ______ and ________ from the rainstorm in Act One

rude, work
Henry says, “We want two or three people. You’ll do as well as anybody else.” What does the fact that he says that tell us?
– He is ____ to everyone—not just to Liza. He thinks only of his ____ and himself

speaks, story, vulgar
What does Liza do wrong at Mrs. Higgins’ home?
– She ______ perfectly but tells an odd _____ of her aunt’s death using ______, though well pronounced, language.

taken, imitate
What does Clara think of Eliza?
– Clara is very _____ with Eliza. She wants to use Liza’s new small-talk and to _______ her.

guest, languages, expert, fraud, princess
Who is Nepommuck?
– He is a _____ at the ambassador’s reception, fluent in many _________, and says he is an ______. He claims Eliza is a _____, that she is really a ________.

Yes, successful
Is Eliza successful at the ambassador’s reception?
– ___, she is very __________.

conversation, rude, lights, slippers, throws
Why did Eliza throw Higgins’ slippers at him?
– Higgins and Pickering had just carried on a whole ____________ as if she weren’t in the room. They were ____ and inconsiderate and treated her unfeelingly. In talking about the lessons with her, Higgins said, “The whole thing has been a bore.” “The whole thing has been simple purgatory.” After ignoring her through the whole conversation, Higgins has the nerve to ask her to turn out the ______ as he leaves the room. When he comes back looking for his ________ , she ______ them at him in her anger.

imagination, bed, cry, prayers
What is Higgins’ advice to Liza when he realizes she is upset (although he cannot understand why she is upset)?
– “It’s only ___________. Low spirits and nothing else. Nobody’s hurting you. Nothing’s wrong. You go to ___ like a good girl and sleep it off. Have a little ___ and say your _______: that will make you feel comfortable.”

flowers, myself, lady
Why does Liza wish Higgins had left her where he had found her?
– “[At the corner of Trottenham Court] I sold _______. I didn’t sell ______. Now you’ve made a ____ of me I’m not fit to sell anything else.”

Why does Liza tell Freddy, “Don’t you call me Miss Doolittle […] Liza is good enough for me.”?
– She feels like in many ways “Liza” in her old ways was a better ______ than “Miss Doolittle.”

love, glimpse
What was Freddy doing below Eliza’s window?
– He has fallen in ____ with her and hangs around the outside of the house hoping to get a _______ of her.

personally, services, find, appointments
Why is Henry Higgins concerned about Liza’s being gone?
– Her absence has affected him __________. He misses her ________; he can’t ____ anything and doesn’t know when his ____________ are.

money, responsibilities, middle, poor
Why is Alfred Doolittle upset?
– He has unwillingly come into _____ and now has the ________________ of being ______ class instead of being “undeserving ____.”

No, insensitivities
Higgins says, “She behaved in the most outrageous way. I never gave her the slightest provocation.” Is he lying or not?
– __; he genuinely believes that he did nothing. Higgins is blind to his own _______________.

marries, Pickering, Higgins, flower shop
What becomes of Eliza?
– She _______ Freddy, stays friends with _________, tolerates _______, and runs her own ______ ____.

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