1. What purpose does the rain shower serve?
It gives the main characters a relatively believable circumstance under which to meet.
2. The note taker is assumed to be of what profession? What actually is his profession?
The others assume he is a police officer of some kind. He is actually a phonetician.
3. What does the note taker say about a "woman who utters such depressing and disgusting
He says she "has no right to be anywhere--no right to live."
4. 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 duchess at an ambassador's garden party.
5. Who takes the cab Freddy brings? Why?
The flower girl takes the cab Freddy brings. The mother and daughter have left for the
bus, and the flower girl feels rich because of the money which Professor Higgins gave
6. What do Higgins and Pickering have in common?
They both study speech.
1. When Higgins recognizes the flower girl, what is his reaction?
He says that "she's no use. . . . I'm not going to waste another cylinder on it. Be off with
you; I don't want you."
2. What does Eliza Doolittle want?
She wants to learn how to speak well enough to be able to be hired to work in a flower
shop instead of on the street corner.
3. Even after he agrees to teach her, what is Higgins' attitude towards Eliza?
"She's deliciously low--so horribly dirty. . . . Put her in the dustbin." He treats her as an
object--and not a very nice object, either.
4. Describe Mrs. Pearce's role.
She is the housekeeper for Higgins and tries to be the voice of reason. ("You mustn’t talk
like that to her." "But what's to become of her? Is she to be paid anything? Do be
5. Eliza determines to leave rather than to be further insulted. How does Higgins persuade her
He offers her chocolates and promises her taxis, gold, and diamonds.
6. What is the point of the bath scene?
It shows Eliza has ideas of morals and decency even though she is low-class and "vulgar."
She has a personal code of right and wrong and is sensitive.
7. Mrs. Pearce makes some suggestions to Higgins. What are they?
She asks him to curse less, to not sit around in his robe, to not wipe his hands on his
clothes, and to try to be a good example for his pupil.
8. Why did Alfred Doolittle come to see Professor Higgins?
He wanted to get money for himself, to blackmail Higgins in order to get a little money.
9. 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 class, he also will rise in responsibility. He wants a free life, free from
responsibility and people's expectations.
10. Why does Doolittle want only five pounds instead of the ten he is offered?
He can waste five pounds without feeling guilty. Ten pounds would require
1. Who are Mrs. and Miss Eynsford Hill?
They are the mother and daughter from the rainstorm in Act One.
2. 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 rude to everyone--not just Liza. He thinks only of his work and himself.
3. What does Liza do wrong at Mrs. Higgins' home?
She speaks perfectly but tells an odd story of her aunt's death using vulgar, though wellpronounced,
4. What does Clara think of Eliza?
Clara is very taken with Eliza. She wants to use Liza's new small-talk and to imitate her.
5. Who is Nepommuck?
He is a guest at the ambassador's reception, fluent in many languages, and says he is an
expert. He claims Eliza is a fraud, that she is really a princess.
6. Is Eliza successful at the ambassador's reception?
Yes, she is very successful.
1. Why did Eliza throw Higgins' slippers at him?
Higgins and Pickering had just carried on a whole conversation as if she weren't in the
room. They were rude 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 lights as he leaves the room. When he comes back
looking for his slippers, she throws them at him in her anger.
2. What is Higgins' advice to Liza when he realizes she is upset (although he cannot understand
why she is upset)?
"It's only imagination. Low spirits and nothing else. Nobody's hurting you. Nothing's
wrong. You go to bed like a good girl and sleep it off. Have a little cry and say your
prayers: that will make you feel comfortable."
3. Why does Liza wish Higgins had left her where he had found her?
"[At the corner of Trottenham Court] I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've
made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else."
4. 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 person than "Miss
5. What was Freddy doing below Eliza's window?
He has fallen in love with her and hangs around the outside of the house hoping to get a
glimpse of her.
1. Why is Henry Higgins concerned about Liza's being gone?
Her absence has affected him personally. He misses her services; he can't find anything
and doesn't know when his appointments are.
2. Why is Alfred Doolittle upset? He has unwillingly come into money and now has the responsibilities of being middle class instead of being "undeserving poor."
3. Higgins says, "She behaved in the most outrageous way. I never gave her the slightest
provocation." Is he lying or not? No; he genuinely believes that he did nothing. Higgins is blind to his own insensitivities.
4. What becomes of Eliza? She marries Freddy, stays friends with Pickering, tolerates Higgins, and runs her own flower shop.