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As he leaves, he bumps into a flower girl, who calls him Freddy. The mother asks the lower-class flower girl how she knows her son's name.
Here the gender roles are pushed to comedic effect, where Freddy is forced by his mother and sister to be chivalrous even though doing so is pointless: Freddy's mother is surprised and confused when the lower-class flower girl apparently knows who her upper-class son is.
Active Themes The flower-girl says that she'll tell the mother in exchange for some money. The mother agrees and gives her six-pence. The flower-girl says that she just called the man Freddy because that is how she would refer to any random person she doesn't know. Clara is exasperated at the waste of money. An elderly gentleman comes under the portico for shelter.
The mother's misunderstanding arises from her lack of knowledge of the flower girl's lower-class slang. The gentleman's social standing is instantly identifiable by his dress and appearance.
Active Themes The flower-girl asks the gentleman to buy a flower, but he says he doesn't have any change. He rummages in his pockets and finally finds some small coins, which he gives to her. A bystander tells the girl to be sure to give the gentleman a flower for the money, because there's someone standing at the back of the portico watching and taking notes. The interaction between the gentleman and the flower girl makes their positions in the social hierarchy very clear, as she must beg for whatever change he can spare.
The flower-girl worries that she is in trouble but the man taking notes steps forward and asks what the matter is.
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A bystander tells him the flower-girl thought he was a "copper's nark," a police informant. The man doesn't understand the slang. He reads his notes, which copy down exactly what the girl said previously in her lower-class dialect. The bystander misinterprets the note-taking man's appearance, thinking that he is a policeman.
Again lack of knowledge about another social group's slang causes confusion. The man is interested in the bystander's and the flower girl's accents and slang. Active Themes Some of the bystanders think the man is a policeman and tell him not to worry about the flower-girl. One bystander says the man isn't a cop, but rather a "blooming busybody," and the man asks him how his people at Selsey are.
The bystander is shocked that the man knows where he's from. The man then guesses correctly where the flower-girl is from. Still thinking she is in trouble, the flower-girl insists that she is "a good girl. The man is able to guess where everyone is from by their speech, though these guesses smack of a certain condescension, as if by knowing where they are from he thinks he knows who they are. The flower girl insists on what she is: Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations The note-taking man continues to guess where everyone is from, to all the bystanders' surprise.
The midth century musical 'My Fair Lady' transcends not only social class, but also time, to offer real lessons about the interactions between men and women, as well as the educated and the masses.
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The musical has been a perennial favorite since its first showing. In Act One, Eliza Doolittle is a flower girl with a severe Cockney accent trying to get by in Edwardian London when she encounters Henry Higgins, a famous expert on accents who is immediately disgusted by Eliza's voice. He offers to tutor her, which gains the attention of bystander Colonel Pickering, an amateur student of Indian languages.
Pickering and Henry excitedly introduce themselves to one another, and Higgins invites Pickering to stay with him during his time in London.
For her part, Eliza wonders in the song 'Wouldn't it be Loverly' why she does not have access to a middle-class life. She thinks that by taking Higgins up on his offer, she may be able to gain employment in a shop. After being reminded of her fate in a meeting with her father Mr. Doolittle, a ne'er-do-well in search of drinking money, she makes her way to Henry's home.
In his cruel and mocking lessons with Eliza, Henry eventually teaches her proper speech. Unknown to Eliza, Henry bets Colonel Pickering that he will be able to introduce Eliza at an embassy ball with no one the wiser to her common roots. In the meantime, Eliza's father has heard she is living in Henry's house and feigns outrage to gain drinking money.
In a moment of superiority, Henry places Eliza's father in contact with an American millionaire looking for an expert in morality.
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Finally, Eliza makes a breakthrough, noted in the song 'The Rain in Spain,' prompting Henry to take her to meet his mother at the Ascot races.
Unfortunately, Eliza relapses into her Cockney slang, disgusting many, but gaining the affection of a man she originally sold flowers to, named Freddy. However, Eliza's slang disappears in the days leading up to the embassy ball, and Henry passes her off as a perfect lady.