Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette.
Source: Shaw, G. B. (1916). Pygmalion. Brentano's Press; New York, NY.
- Preface to the text.
- Act 1
- Foul weather brings a common flower girl, note-taker, and gentleman together. The note-taker and the gentleman reveal their identities to one another.
- Act 2
- Eliza pays a visit to Higgins and Pickering.
- Act 3
- Higgins presents Eliza to a new crowd. Freddy finds himself infatuated with Eliza.
- Act 4
- Higgins and Pickering's conversation angers Eliza.
- Act 5
- Higgins and Pickering attempt to make amends with Eliza.
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