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A monologue from the musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Based on the play (Pygmalion) by George Bernard Shaw
Hmmm. Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning how to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist shop.
If you’re good and do whatever you are told, you shall sleep in a proper bedroom, have lots to eat, and money to buy chocolates and take rides in taxis.
But if you are naughty and idle you shall sleep in the back kitchen amongst the black beetles, and be walloped by Mrs. Pearce with a broomstick.
At the end of six months you shall be taken to Buckingham Palace in a carriage, beautifully dressed.
If the King finds out that you are not a lady, the police will take you to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls
(Eliza looks up at him terrified) But if you are not found out, you shall have a present of seven-and-six to start life with as a lady in a shop.
If you refuse this offer you will be a most ungrateful wicked girl; and the angels will weep for you.
(Seeing by Eliza’s reaction that she has understood every word he turns to Pickering, his former tone instantly changed to one of good humor)
Now are you satisfied, Pickering?
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