Throughout the opening scene, Mrs. Pearce treats Eliza with disdain. What does her attitude toward the girl illustrate about Mrs. Pearce’s placement in the social hierarchy? Keep in mind Mrs. Pearce is a housekeeper

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Mrs. Pearce is the womanly influence in Higgins' home. She looks to propriety and offers moral guidance. Her concern for Eliza's reputation and her employer's actions (reminding Higgins to act the gentleman) are all a part of her job as the "woman" of the house.