Pygmalion | Study Guide

George Bernard Shaw

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Pygmalion | Characters

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Character Description
Higgins Henry Higgins, also the note taker in Act 1, is a professor of phonetics and Eliza's tutor. Read More
Eliza Eliza Doolittle, also the flower girl in Act 1, wants to be a lady and comes to Higgins for speech lessons. Read More
Pickering Colonel Pickering, also the gentleman in Act 1, is Eliza's patron and a language expert like Higgins. Read More
Doolittle Alfred Doolittle is Eliza's father, a dustman (garbage man) and a scoundrel. Read More
Mrs. Higgins Mrs. Higgins is Henry Higgins's mother, a wise and stately woman and Eliza's champion. Read More
Freddy Freddy Eynsford Hill is a young gentleman who falls in love with Eliza. Read More
Mrs. Pearce Mrs. Pearce is Higgins's housekeeper who takes on the surrogate role of Eliza's mother. Read More
The bystander The bystander takes refuge from the rain in Act 1 and identifies Higgins as a gentleman by his boots.
Clara Clara Eynsford Hill, also the daughter in Act 1, is sister to Freddy and one of the first to meet the new, more ladylike Eliza.
Mrs. Eynsford Hill Mrs. Eynsford Hill, also the mother in Act 1, is the mother of Freddy and one of the first to meet the new, more ladylike Eliza.
The parlor-maid The parlor-maid is a servant in the home of Mrs. Higgins.
The sarcastic bystander The sarcastic bystander takes refuge from the rain in Act 1 and challenges Higgins to identify where "the gentleman" comes from.
The constable The constable is an older policeman who comes upon Eliza and Freddy kissing at the end of Act 4; he appears in the 1941 text.
The first landing footman The first landing footman is a servant at the embassy; he appears in the 1941 text.
The footman The footman is a servant at the embassy; he appears in the 1941 text.
The host The host receives Eliza at the embassy party; he appears in the 1941 text.
The hostess The hostess receives guests at the embassy party and asks Nepommuck to learn everything he can about Eliza. She appears in the 1941 text.
Nepommuck Nepommuck, also Whiskers in Act 3, is a former student of Henry Higgins who determines that Eliza is a Hungarian princess. He appears in the 1941 text.
The second constable The second constable is a young policeman who tells Eliza and Freddy to move along, off the streets in Act 4. He appears in the 1941 text.
The second landing footman The second landing footman is a servant at the embassy. He appears in the 1941 text.
The taximan The taximan drives Eliza home in Act 1, and later drives her and Freddy to Wimbledon Common in Act 4. He appears in the 1941 text.
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