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3. In this whole transformation of Eliza, she changed

her appearance first. Originally she wore a hat with three

ostrich feathers, a nearly clean apron, and the shoddy

coat has been tided a little. After she took a bath by Mrs.

Pearce, she turned into a dainty and exquisitely clean

Japanese lady in a simple blue cotton kimono printed

cunning with jasmine blossoms. In the embassy garden

party. Eliza even dressed in opera cloak, evening dress

and diamonds. She really became a clean, ladylike girl

in appearance.

Eliza changed her language,too. Before the

transformation, she spoke English with terrible accent

and rude manners, which Higgins criticized her

language at St.Paul's church. " A woman who utters

such depressing and disgusting sounds has no right to

be anywhere." After a few months training by Higgins,

Eliza appears in Mr.Higgins' at-home pant, and speaks

with pedantic correctness of pronunciation and great

beauty of tone. In the embassy party, she even speaks

English so correctly that Nempmuch couldn't tell where

she comes from and judged her as foreigner and a

princess. In the other hand, she learned the proper

behavior and manners from Pickering instead of

Higgins because Pickering is a real gentleman, who

treats a flower girl as a duchess. She also learned how

to respect herself by how she was treated as lady

instead of a flower girl.

In the process of transformation, I think Eliza

changed the way or logic of thinking and outside

behavior, but she didn't change her natural personality.

Eliza is a ambitious, efficient and passionate girl. When

she was a flower girl, she wanted to work in a flower

shop in order to earn a better life. Other flower girls

would like to a better life, too, but nobody would really

take action to learn better English pronunciation. After

transforming, Eliza wants to become a real lady inside

out, and no longer controlled by Higgins. She is

ambitious to create a whole new life without depending

on anyone else. She has some pride, too. Eliza didn't

want any sympathy or favor from others, so she was

willing to pay Higgins for the lessons. In Act Five, she

can not longer stand that Higgins treats her as

garbage, and bursts out to against Higgins.

In another way, Eliza is also a passionate,

thoughtful and clever girl. She shows her emotions all

the time. She will sing if she is happy, and she will

scream if she is angry. Eliza deals with the house work

in details and every thing which Higgins needs as a

housekeeper and secretary. In the end Higgins depends

on Eliza unconsciously and he can't even live without

her. According to the description in Act Three, Eliza has

the most quickness of ear and things which took

Higgins years to get hold of, and she picks them up like

a shot. She can repeat the songs by playing piano right

after returning from the concert.

I think education can make a person wiser and

with a lot more knowledge, but can never change a

person's natural personality. (Sophia Hsu)

4. Higgins is a careless guy who pay little attention to

people and objects around him. After the embassy's

party, he felt released and kept saying," Thanks God it's

over!" without noticing Eliza's feeling. Neither did said a

word to her, pet her, thank her, nor tell her how splendid

she has done.

Higgins is a man with really ill manner.

Mrs.Pearce told him several times to watch his manner

and so did Mrs. Higgins. And after the embassy's party,

he chuck his coat and clothing over the bannisters into

the hall instead of folding them or hang them up.

Higgins is of the energetic, scientific type, heartily,

even violently interested in everything that can be

studied as a scientific subject. When Eliza first went and

visited him, what came to his mind was whether she has

a special accent for him to study or not. When he found

that he already wrote down her way of speaking , he

didn't want Eliza to stay anymore.

Higgins is of really bad memory and this could

be due to his correctness. Eliza remembered all his

appointments and where everything was for him. When

Eliza was gone, a mess without her. After the embassy's

party, he also failed on finding his slippers and at last in

Act Five.

Higgins always speaks out his feelings directly.

As a notetaker, he said that " A woman who utters

such depressing sounds has not right to be anywhere."

to Eliza in person regardless of the other people around

them and whether his words would hurt Eliza or not.

In my opinion, Higgins is kind too cynical,

especially after reading his "savage speech" and his

view point toward marriage. He thinks that all human

beings are savage because we all know nothing of the

meaning of the names. But I think that even if knowing

the meaning of names won't have anything to do with

whether we are savage or not. Art, poetry and science

are just names that represents something. What counts

is the way we learn and make use through them and the

way we appreciate them. (Jamie Wu)

5. Nepommuck is more like a businessman than a

scholar. What he cares as publicity and how important

he is. He sees things cruelly on the surface, that's why

he thinks the reason why Higgins was famous because

of his imposing appearance, his chin and his brow. And

that is why he has an enormous mustache and wears

several worthless orders as to make people remember

him and show his importance. Never did he thought of

the truly valuable things is in the inside of a person, not

the outside. The reason Higgins was famous not

because of his looks but his love of phonetics and his

great devotion to it. The difference between Higgins and

Nepommuck is that Higgins is the one who loves

phonetics and Neommuck is the one who sells it.

Higgins doesn't try to make any profit by studying

phonetic but Nepommuck had made it a tool to earn

money. In some way, Higgins is like a writer who is

really into literature and Nepommuck is a publisher that

doesn't know much about literature but is making

money out of it

Nepommuck works as a two-side spy while

being an interpreter. He not only help his employers to

find out the origin of some foreign or unknown people

but also black mail the one that is pretending they are

from some where else that they aren't. Like the Greek

diplomatist that pretends he cannot speak nor

understand English," I help him to pretend; but I make

him pay through the nose." Because he is so much

concerned about other business such as how to

blackmail others and how to get a higher publicity

he can never concentrate on phonetics and can never

become a real expert.

When he calls Eliza a fraud, it became truly

shocking but when he claimed that she was a

Hungarian of royal blood. As an interpreter that can not

find out the true origin of a person, he is the real friend!

When standing in front of the master in phonetic,

Higgins, and say that he is an expert in that field without

blushing or corrected him while guessing Eliza's origin,

he is really a fraud in the whole scene! For a fraud to say

that some else is a fraud is really ironic. It is even more

ironic how everyone believe in Nepommuck, the fraud,

instead of Higgins, who is telling the truth about the

origin of Eliza. (Rebecca)