why does it matter that this scene takes place in St Paul's Church, not the Cathedral?

Covent Garden at 11.15 p.m. Torrents of heavy summer rain. Cab whistles blowing frantically in all directions. Pedestrians running for shelter into the market and under the portico of St. Paul's Church, where there are already several people, among them a lady and her daughter in evening dress. They are peering out gloomily at the rain, exept one man with his back turned to the rest, who seems wholly preoccupied with a notebook in which he is writing busily.

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The Anglican Church is quaint and common as opposed to the Cathedral which is large and ornate. When the story begins, Eliza is considered quaint and common. It is only after her transformation that, much like a Cathedral, she becomes artificial and larger than life.