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Higgins and Pickering have a bet going and taking the experiment a little too far. By the end of the play Eliza is not a poor little flower girl that speaks with a thick accent. She has become more of a sophisticated young woman with correct grammar and moves with self-assurance. Because of the way she acted and looked earlier in the play, she was treated unfair by many people in the town. Eliza wants “to be a lady in a flower shop stead of selling at the corner of Tottenham Court Road. But they won’t take me unless I can talk more genteel. He said he could teach me. Well, here I am ready to pay him–not asking any favor–and he treats me as if I was dirt” (Shaw, 28). Mrs. Pearce seems to down talk Eliza and makes the remark, “How can you be such a foolish ignorant girl” (Shaw, 28). Higgins portrays Eliza as the key factor in his experiment but sometimes persecutes her. Pickering and Higgins are so caught up in the experiment they seem to forget she is a human being just like them. Higgins asks, “Pickering, shall we ask this baggage to sit down, or shall we throw her out of the window” (Shaw,27) Higgins and Pickering discussed Eliza as if she was some type of animal or pet that was trained to performed. Eliza states “I sold flowers. I didn’t sell myself. Now you’ve made a lady of me I’m not fit to sell anything else. I wish you’d left me where you found me” (Shaw, 4.63-66).

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