Aint you going to call me Miss Doolittle any more? I have to dye my hair already to keep my job as a dustman. You wont sec him again in a hurry. Hear him tell the toff where he come from? But if I'm to have fashionable clothes, I'll wait. Ive picked up a girl. Ive never seen you since. Pygmalion Act 1 A young and her stand under a portico in Covent Garden, London, avoiding a torrential, evening rainstorm.
He told me what was up. Very clever, Higgins; but not sound sense. I want to talk like a lady. And I'm a good girl, I am. The inspector made a lot of difficulties. I knew she'd be all right. The rain stops and the crowd begins to dissipate.
If this girl is to put herself in your hands for six months for an experiment in teaching, she must understand thoroughly what shes doing. Dont mistake the one for the other if you wish to become a lady in a shop. You Certainly arc a pretty pair of babies, playing with your live doll. I havnt heard such language as yours since we used to review the volunteers in Hyde Park twenty years ago. Youre her father, arnt you? I dout know whether youve noticed it ; but the rain stopped about two minutes ago. Pickering is too much taken aback to rise. When she complains that she cannot read it, he reads it out to her, reproducing what she has said in her exact accent.
Eliza: if you say again that youre a good girl, your father shall take you home. The mother asks her daughter to allow her to pay for them. Has anybody behaved badly to you? When will you discover that there are some rather nice-looking young women about? Of course I know you dont mean her any harm; but when you get what you call interested in people's accents, you never think or care what may happen to them or you. Pearce: this language from your lips! If you refuse this offer you will be a most ungrateful and wicked girl; and the angels will weep for you. Eliza: you are to live here for the next six months, learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist's shop. The driver puts his hand behind him and holds the door firmly shut against her.
The Colonel confessed that when he said that, he had not quite recovered from the dazzling impression of the day before. I'm quite done up for this morning. I cant hear a bit of difference between most of them. And whats Eliza to me? I feel surc we have met before. Dont you be afraid that I'll save it and spare it and live idle on it.
It is between four and five in the afternoon. The girl doesnt belong to anybody — is no use to anybody but me. The parlor-maid returns, ushering in Pickering. No, Eliza : do as this lady does : think of other people's futures ; but never think of your own. It is these little things that matter, Pickering. Dont you believe the old liar. It means that hes up agen middle class morality all the time.
Do let him tell his story, Higgins. Have I said a word about taking her away? Of course I do, you little fool. How much do you propose to pay me for the lessons? Nobody means anything by it. If I thought they wasnt, Id ask fifty. But then he did not keep it up regular.
Taking one station in society with another, it's — it's — well, it's the only one that has any ginger in it, to my taste. She takes off her cloak; puts her fan and flowers on the piano ; and sits down on the bench, brooding and silent. Will you please keep to the point, Mr. I have my own soul: my own spark of divine fire. It's the tale of a conceited professor of linguistics, Henry Higgins, and the brash, incorrigible young woman named Eliza Doolittle.