But you dont know anything about her. Dont you be afraid that I'll save it and spare it and live idle on it. I'm not the man to stand in my girl's light. You dunno what it means to me. If I hadnt backed myself to do it I should have chucked the whole thing up two months ago. You havnt tried at all.
Well, what's a five pound note to you? Not me, Governor, thank you kindly. Woolly towels, there is; and a towel horse so hot, it burns your fingers. Ive taught scores of American millionairesses how to speak English: the best looking women in the world. Her remarks will be delicious. And she knows it too.
I have sent for some clothes for your girl. Summary The scene shifts to Higgins' laboratory in his home in Wimpole Street. Well, havnt you got a cab? Then might I ask you not to come down to breakfast in your dressing-gown, or at any rate not to use it as a napkin to the extent you do, sir. Oh, p l e a s e, Higgins: I'm west country myself. Higgins is so taken aback by this unique, bizarre logic that he offers to give Doolittle ten pounds, but Doolittle rapidly rejects this offer because that large a sum would entail middle-class responsibility, whereas the smaller sum would be just enough to go out on a binge with no regrets and no responsibilities. Pickering: shall we ask this baggage to sit down or shall we throw her out of the window? Pickering retires to the easy-chair at the hearth and sits down.
Bundle her off to the bath-room. If I decide to teach you, I'll be worse than two fathers to you. I'm a good girl, I am; and I know what the like of you are, I do. Here I am, a shy, diffident sort of man. I dout know whether youve noticed it ; but the rain stopped about two minutes ago.
What am I, Governors both } I ask you, what ami? They took one apiece, and left three in it. The mere pro- nunciation is easy enough. Shes a credit to me, aint she? In this corner stands a flat writing-table, on which are a phonograph, a laryngoscope, a row of tiny organ pipes with a bellows, a set of lamp chimneys for singing flames with burners attached to a gas plug in the wall by an indiarubber tube, several tuning-forks of different sizes, a life-size image of half a human head, showing in section the vocal organs, and a box containing a supply of wax cylinders for the phonograph. Do you mean that he drank? I'm a good girl, I am; and I know what the like of you are, I do. Higgins, seeing that Alfred has brought his daughter her luggage, asks him why he would do that if he wanted to bring Liza back home.
What the devil do you mean? Better wait til we get you something really fashionable. I ask you as a parent what was I to think? Pearce takes her away to be washed. They took one apiece, and left three in it. Freddy bows and sits down in the Elizabethan chair, in- fatuated. He says you have his daughter here.
Is she to have any wages? I suppose it was natural for you to be anxious about the garden party. Heres a career opening for her, as you might say; and Mrs. I leave it to the gentleman here: have I said a word about money? Is there a good fire in the kitchen? Girl never said a word to him. It didnt: not all of it; and I dont care who hears me say it. The corner beyond, and most of the side wall, is occupied by a grand piano, with the keyboard at the end furthest from the door, and a bench for the player extending the full length of the keyboard.
Take my advice, Governor: marry Eliza while she's young and don't know no better. Think of what that means to a man. If you plcasc, sir, the trouble's beginning already. I'm wanting to tell you. I'm a good girl, I am ; and I know what the like of you are, I do. The clock on the mantelpiece strikes twelve.
The garden party, a dinner party, and the opera! Did I burn them or did your missus here? No doubt it does, Mr Higgins. Then how did you know she was here? Who asked him to make a gentleman of me? If I did not express myself clearly it was because I did not wish to hurt her delicacy, or yours. I'm wanting to tell you. There's a dustman downstairs, Alfred Doolittle, wants to see you. I got to give her presents. On the walls, engravings: mostly Piranesis and mezzotint portraits. I want a bit of amusement, cause I'm a thinking man.
Higgins says that she is upstairs and that her father may have her at once. Now you know, dont you? Pickering and Higgins are shocked at his willingness to sell his own daughter and think giving him money would be immoral. He is of the energetic, scientific type, heartily, even violently interested in everything that can be studied as a scientific subject, and careless about himself and other people, includi? Oh, something dreadful, sir, really. I'm glad to see you have some spark of family feeling left. You give me what I ask you, Governor: not a penny more, and not a penny less.