Act 4 questions

- What do you think Eliza is feeling whne Higgins and Pickering are discussing the bet?

- What small indication does Higgins give in acts 3 and 4 that he has become attached to Eliza?

- At the end of this act, a reversal makes us feel that Higgins in some way has been toppled and Eliza has gained the upper hand. How does Eliza do this? Why is she so happy when Higgins claims to be "wounded to the heart"?

- What is the crisis in this act?

- Why do we continue to be interested in this play after Higgins wins the bet?

- Who "resuces" Eliza as she is about to "make a hole in the river"?

- Do you think Higgins is in love with Eliza? Why or why not?

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In Act IV, Eliza enters looking pale and tired, almost tragic. Pickering and Higgins ignore Eliza, talking about where Higgins's slippers are and whether there is any mail. They have been to a garden party, a dinner party, and the opera, and Eliza was extremely successful, fooling everyone. Higgins expresses his contempt for society and says that he is glad that the experiment is over, since he was beginning to grow tired of it. Pickering says that it is almost scary how good at it all Eliza is-she is better than the society ladies. Eliza, who has gone to find Higgins's slippers, begins to look angry, then murderous. Higgins leaves, asking Eliza to turn off the light and to ask Mrs. Pearce to make coffee in the morning.

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