Caught by the heavy rain, a bunch of people trapped under the portico of Saint Paul’s church, there was one family consist of mother, daughter and son that busy looking for a cab, a flower girl, and some gentlemen. The conversation began when the flower girl tried to sell flower to the mother and the gentlemen she called Captain. While she was speaking, one of the gentlemen taking notes about every words everyone said; the flower girl began feeling afraid that the note taker was a policeman that would arrest her for some mistake that she doubted she knew. But the note taker finally revealed himself as a phonetic professor that amazingly knew where someone was born or come from by identifying their speech.
The flower girl whose name was Eliza Doolittle speak kerbstone English since she born, having money generously given by the Captain she decided to went to Professor Higgins alias the note taker’s house and beg him to teach her to speak like a Lady. She found that the note taker little speech gave her a new insight about what she want herself to be in the future, to work at the flower store or she said, “…to be a lady in a flower shop.” Professor Higgins and his friend Mr. Pickering (the Captain) who also expert in phonetic, took this offer because they could not resist the desire of such challenge. Then, the experiment began!
A woman who utters such depressing and disgusting sounds has no right to be anywhere – no right to live. Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon. (Professor Higgins)
After several weeks of working out with her pronunciation and manner, Eliza was formally introduced to high end society, Higgins’s mother friends. Eliza did the best and her mentors was very pleased, she also won Freddy’s heart, the son from Eynsford Hill family that busy found a cab at the beginning of this story. This show of Eliza became a Lady went well but Eliza realized that this wouldn’t last forever. After came home from a garden party she threw her dissatisfaction to Higgins, she said that he did not treat her well and emphasized that his behaviour toward her made her felt lady-less. She felt so disappointed because Higgins treat her like some property of him and did not respect her enough by praised her even once. How does this two make amends? Is there any potential a romance story builds between them? Find it yourself!
“… the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how’s she treated.” (Eliza Doolittle)
Pygmalion written by George Bernard Shaw was a second Play I read and my comment is 3 words 7 letters, I Love it! In the beginning I was suspicious because the story sound familiar to me and after finished it I just found out that I’ve watch one film based loosely on this play, the title is My Fair Lady, starred by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison but the bright side is that the ending was totally different from the film so it didn’t spoiled the whole story.
Pygmalion was a story creatively base on Greek myth where a man named Pygmalion who chose unmarried because a shameful life of women in his time. He made a statue of ideal woman that he dreamt of, he felt in love with the statue and boldly asked Venus to granted life on his statue. Touched by sincere love of Pygmalion, Venus granted his wish and Galatea (the name of the statue) became alive. I assume that Professor Higgins acted as Pygmalion, the old bachelor that willingly to change the coarse Eliza became a Lady that he imagined and he wanted to be but Galatea or Eliza in this story want her own destiny and refuse to surrender to her creator wishes.
This Play was write on –what I call– more modern English than Shakespeare, this made me easier to digest every word of it. The other reason why I like it so much because I admire Professor Higgins character although he was sometimes harsh, arrogant and always treated Eliza like she was a property but the way he talked and made a sarcasm critics astonished me and made him a definitely unforgettable and unique character. The third reason is in this play, man-woman relationship did not always fall into romance but still amuse the reader. Four stars for Pygmalion!